What is an epitaph?

long, lengthy work
moralizing work
inscription on a tombstone or monument
last section of the work, a summary
An epitaph (from Greek ἐπιτάφιος epi­taphios "a funeral oration" from ἐπί epi "at, over" and τάφος taphos "tomb" is a short text honoring a deceased person. Strictly speak­ing, it refers to text that is in­scribed on a tomb­stone or plaque, but it may also be used in a fig­u­ra­tive sense. Some epitaphs are spec­i­fied by the person them­selves before their death, while others are chosen by those re­spon­si­ble for the burial.

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long, lengthy work
moralizing work
inscription on a tombstone or monument
last section of the work, a summary
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flagGermany
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flagUnknown
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inscription on a tombstone or monument
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last section of the work, a summary
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