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A tombstone in four languages

Soprintendenza di Palermo1149

British Museum

British Museum

This funerary inscription was set up by Grisandus, a Christian priest, for his mother Anna in AD 1149. Her eulogy is written in Judaeo-Arabic (Arabic written in Hebrew script) on top, Latin on the left, Greek on the right, and Arabic below. The texts are not slavish translations of each other, but respect the four cultures and religions. For example, the date is given as the Hebrew year 4909, the Byzantine year 6657 and the year 544 in the Islamic Hijri calendar.

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  • Title: A tombstone in four languages
  • Creator: Soprintendenza di Palermo
  • Date Created: 1149
  • Location Created: Palermo, Sicily
  • Physical Dimensions: W. 32 cm
  • Medium: marble, porphyry, glass

  • Copyright: Soprintendenza di Palermo © Regione Siciliana

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