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Let us quote some Jewish examples, first from Acmonia in Phrygia (third cent. CE): Cll 770, HTitus Flavius Alexander prepared this tomb during his lifetime for himself and his wife Gaiana, for the sake of remembrance. He was a council-member and an archon, he led a good life without causing grief to anyone. "66 The 'written curses' referred to are not specified, but in another Phrygian epitaph from the same place this riddle is solved: no. ) and his wife Aurelia Juliana have built (this tomb) during their lifetin1e for Makaria, (his/her) mother, and Alexandria, their very sweet daughter, for the sake of remembrance.

It seems to be a special law peculiar to Apameia. apparently some agreement made with the city by the resident Jews for the better protection of their graves". 69 Panly reconstruct~d on the basis of no. 71 It certainly implies an eschatological threat. To dp

Alii. 433-9,460-1, 1397-9. 32 Am". Pal. 62. 48 ANCIENT JEWISH EPITAPHS antiquity. 3 3 Although these inscriptions show a fair degree of standardization, they demonstrate sufficient variation in language and style for us not to dismiss their evidence as entirely derivative from literary sources. They express the real and deep sorrow felt by the survivors when a beloved one had died before having had the chance to marry and have children. In Jewish sources we find this sentiment expressed in the dramatic lament of Jephtha's daughter as composed by the pseudo-Philonic author of the so-called Liber Alltiquitatum Biblicarum, in which she says among other things: factus est infernus thalamus meus (' the netherworld has beconle my bridal chamber', 40:6))4 The clearest example from Jewish funerary epigraphy is the poetic no.

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