Summing up a life – Part 3

This satiric, ancient Greek epitaph just in:

I, the actor, Philistion
Soothed men’s pain with comedy and laughter,
A man of parts, I often died–
But never quite like this.

– Translated by Michael Wolfe, author of the forthcoming book The Last Word: Selected Greek Epitaphs; epitaph printed in “The Key Reporter” (Fall 2011)–a publication of American liberal arts honor society Phi Beta Kappa



  1. Lorraine said,

    October 20, 2011 at 4:16 am

    What a great epitath! You really find some interesting quotes!

  2. Cheryl said,

    October 20, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I’m glad you liked it–one more and I promise to stop:

    (from a tombstone in Silver City, Nevada)

    “Here lies a man named Zeke.
    Second fastest draw in Cripple Creek.”

  3. Lorraine said,

    October 21, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Poor Zeke gave me a laugh! Many thanks!

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