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Old January 14th, 2012, 01:02 PM   #1
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Hi people, could anyone help me with this inscription? It's on a family headstone under a Robert Barwise who attended Corpus Christi college, Cambridge and died near Abbytown in Cumberland in 1828.

ROBERT their Son who returned home from CC College, Cambridge,on the 23 and died on the 30 day of May 1828, aged 21 Years.

(This has been inserted in another person's hand)

Stop, reader, stop, and drop affliction's tear The bier's drop'd a son of genius here, Who, whitelike soar'd by love of learning fir'd Like him he toil'd and, ah! like him expir'd

KAI HEP AKIKYSEON EIX APA KHAKMONAS.

My friend studied at Cambridge and thinks its ancient Greek (she studied modern Greek).
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Old January 14th, 2012, 01:09 PM   #2

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Hi people, could anyone help me with this inscription? It's on a family headstone under a Robert Barwise who attended Corpus Christi college, Cambridge and died near Abbytown in Cumberland in 1828.

ROBERT their Son who returned home from CC College, Cambridge,on the 23 and died on the 30 day of May 1828, aged 21 Years.

(This has been inserted in another person's hand)

Stop, reader, stop, and drop affliction's tear The bier's drop'd a son of genius here, Who, whitelike soar'd by love of learning fir'd Like him he toil'd and, ah! like him expir'd

KAI HEP AKIKYSEON EIX APA KHAKMONAS.

My friend studied at Cambridge and thinks its ancient Greek (she studied modern Greek).
I am not sure about the letters used here nor the word spacing. For example no Greek word would end in X. If you have a picture of the inscription I can help you out.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 03:09 PM   #3
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I'm sending my parents on a gaunt to abbytown to take a photo! Another friend at work thinks is could be mycenaean, coded?
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Old January 14th, 2012, 03:32 PM   #4

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A quick internet search has different individuals asking the same question. The response has been, "Do haughty exercises echo in the ear?"

It appears to be a transliteration issue, and the last word, KHAKMANOS, is probably meant to be, k akmanos (σφύρας), whichis greek for a portion of the ears anatomy. I think that the accepted translation that is noted above, may be correct...just put forth badly.
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I'm sending my parents on a gaunt to abbytown to take a photo! Another friend at work thinks is could be mycenaean, coded?
Mycenaean doesn't look anything like that, and the Mycenaean culture wasn't even identified until the 1880s, not to mention Linear B wasn't deciphered until the 1950s.
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Greek written down phonetically perhaps?
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Old January 15th, 2012, 02:25 PM   #7
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Thank you so much Okamido! I saw that today when I did a search but knowing nothing about Greek, I wasn't sure if it was correct or not.
@ Helens daughter, I looked at the mycenaean signs ans couldn't understand why how they would correspond to my inscription.
Thank you both.
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