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38 Lattimore, Themes 179-180. Motiv 3D-44. ish t but since he does so on the basis of names alone, this cannot be regarded as being beyond doubt 50 ANCIENT JEWISH EPITAPHS grief. 40 Both Greek and Latin epitaphs abound in expressions designed to attract the attention of the wayfarer, to make him at least read the name on the stone, to have some value attached to that name alive in his consciousness for a while. Most often there is the pretence that the dead person, through his epitaph, addresses the traveller.

FORMS, FORMULAS, AND MOTIFS 41 scope of this study3). ') or in the dative (implying, 'this stone was set up for ... 4 As soon as we are told more than just the name, regional varieties come into the picture. For example, in the inscriptions from Ronle a large nlajority begin with the standard formula Evea8E KE1TQL (occasionally EVea or ~BE, sometimes KEtllQl)5 and end with EV ElpllVl) i} KO(~TlcrlS aUTofJ/auTfls/auTwv/aou. 6 The almost unvarying unifonnity in the use of these fonnulas is not paralleled elsewhere and must be regarded as typically Roman Jewish.

L2 A parallel process was, inevitably, the change in meaning of f3wJl6s and ara from 'altar' to 'grave'. 13 MuaTf}plov as designation of a tomb occurs probably only once (871, from Byblos), and it is not easy to see how it developed from the meaning 'nlystery', perhaps via 'mystery of death', to 'place of the dead', but there are also a couple of Christian inscriptions where it seems to have this meaning. 14 rAwoa6KOJlOv originally referred to a case for keeping the tongues (yAwcrcrat) or mouth-pieces of musical instruments, then developed the wider meaning of case, casket, or chest, and finally also came to mean nlore specifically coffin or sarcophagus (only in no.

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