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An extremely frivolous comparison

November 7, 2011

ξυνεκφέρει δὲ ὁ βουλόμενος καὶ ἀστῶν καὶ ξένων, καὶ γυναῖκες πάρεισιν αἱ προσήκουσαι ἐπὶ τὸν τάφον ὀλοφυρόμεναι.

And any of the townspeople or foreigners who wanted to bore [the war-dead] out for burial, and the women — their relatives — were right there lamenting all the way to the tomb. (Thucydides, 2.34.3)

Apparently, the relevant details of a funeral don’t change much:

Get six gamblers to carry my coffin,
Seven chorus girls to sing my song…

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