This bizarre inscription was discovered, in the eighteenth century, upon a Roman tombstone near Bologna.
AELIA . LAELIA . CRISPIS .
NEC . VIR . NEC . MULIER . NEC . ANDROGYNA .
NEC . PUELLA . NEC . JUVENIS . NEC . ANUS .
NEC . CASTA . NEC . MERETRIX . NEC . PUDICA .
SED . OMNIA .
NEQUE . FAME . NEQUE . FERRO . NEQUE . VENENO .
SED . OMNIBUS .
NEC . COELO . NEC . AQUIS . NEC . TERRIS .
SED. UBIQUE . JACET .
LUCIUS . AGATHO . PRISCUS .
NEC . MARITUS . NEC . AMATOR . NEC . NECESSARIUS .
NEQUE . MOERENS . NEQUE . GAUDENS . NEQUE . FLENS .
MANC. NEC . MOLEM . NEC . PYRAMIDEM .
NEC . SEPULCHRUM .
SCIT . ET . NESCIT .
CUI . POSUERIT .
TO THE GODS OF THE DEAD
Aelia Laelia Crispis,
Not man, nor woman, nor hermaphrodite;
Not girl, nor youth, nor old woman;
Not chaste, nor unchaste, nor modest;
Not by hunger, not by sword, nor by poison
But by all:
Not in air, not in earth, not in the waters
Lucius Agatho Priscus,
Not her husband, nor her lover, nor her friend;
Not sorrowing, nor rejoicing, nor weeping;
This, not a stone-pile, nor a pyramid,
Nor a sepulchre
Knows, and knows not,
To whom he erects it.
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