Thursday, April 1, 2010

Roman Epitaph

I have been watching a series of lectures on Greek and Roman history.The lectures are informative and generally captivating. I find it interesting to get a better understanding of what life and society was like then (before Christianity - which had a HUGE influence on the world).

The segment that covered funerals had a neat tidbit: many Romans did not believe in an afterlife. A common epitaph (written on their tombstone) was:

"Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo"

"I didn't exist, then I existed, I don't exist now, and I don't give a damn"

It sounds like an atheist to me.

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