This week, Stephanie Lincecum presents an excellent article on epitaphs in her Graveyard Guru column. Stephanie looks at the history of epitaphs and provides a handful of examples.
I have been studying epitaphs quite a bit lately and decided to make them the subject of this edition of Graveyard Guru. The word epitaph is from the Greek word epitaphios and translates literally to “on the gravestone.” Epitaphs take on many forms, from simply a name with dates, to a long dissertation about the deceased. It might be in the form of a quote, poem, Bible scripture, or a humorous one-liner. While today, short and simple inscriptions are common, much longer ones were more the norm from roughly the 14th through the 19th centuries.
Be sure to read the entire article at the Graveyard Rabbits Online Journal.