Daft Epitaphs

This post is the first in a new series of posts that I shall be updating throughout 2015. In part the reason for this is a) the Romans had a really interesting attitude to death that deserves your and my attention b) sometimes the things the Romans wrote about death are hilarious, thought provoking, incredibly pompous to incredibly human. So here goes…

The mythical and fantastical underworld of the ancient world is one most are at least vaguely familiar with. Even if it is through a Disney-fied  and sarcastic Hades (see below). The underworld was serious business, and ultimately everyone was going to end up there one way or another. The consequence of this, in much the same vein as later comedic wits such as Spike Milligan (told you I was ill), shows that people did have a gallows-humour like acceptance of their ultimate fate.

Disney's Hades from Greek mythology (not to be confused with the Roman Pluto) who literally embodies the phrase 'dead funny.'
Disney’s Hades from Greek mythology (not to be confused with the Roman Pluto) who literally embodies the phrase ‘dead funny.’

Today’s ancient Epitaph, to keep you cheery for the rest of the week, put it simply:

“non fui, fui, non sum, son curo”

“I did exist, I don’t exist, I couldn’t care less”

Rather succinct and deliciously blasé. Who needs Clark Gable to give a damn when you have the Ancient Romans doing it 2000 years earlier?

Emma pinxit

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