Friday, 14 September 2012

A *stray* gerundive in the wild

The ancients had fill-in-the-blanks forms much as we do. An inscription from Algeria (AE 1931: no. 112) seems to reflect misuse of a manual for writing epitaphs:

hic corpus iacet pueri nominandi
'here lies the body of {boy to be named here}

It is also a reminder of that Eagles' song:
'Well, the towns lay out across the dusty plains
Like graveyards filled with tombstones, waitin' for the names'.

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