Seikilos epitaph

oldest surviving complete musical composition

The Seikilos epitaph is a Hellenistic Ionic song in Phrygian octave species.


Ὅσον ζῇς φαίνου Hoson zēis phainou While you live, shine
μηδὲν ὅλως σὺ λυποῦ mēden holōs sy lypou have no grief at all
πρὸς ὀλίγον ἐστὶ τὸ ζῆν pros oligon esti to zēn life exists only for a short while
τὸ τέλος χρόνος ἀπαιτεῖ. to telos ho chronos apaitei. and time demands its toll.


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