It's all Greek to me - Cecil Headlam's headstone

Can you decipher Classic Greek?

By Chris Rogers

Cecil Headlam was a well-known cricketer in his day as well as an author and book collector.  He died in Charing in 1934 where his grave is marked with a large headstone.

The stone carries the family crest and the usual inscription to his life, but it also has four lines of what appears to be Greek text.  Cecil's two brothers were both Greek scholars and one succeeded him in life.  The text doesn't seem to make sense to native Greeks so is it code or ancient Greek? Is it a family joke, or a test?

The text on the headstone contains an 'L' but in Greek there does not seem to be such a letter (although there are upside-down L's) so did the stonemason make a mistake?

If you can help decode the Greek text then please e-mail:  or leave a comment on this page.

Photo:The Greek text on Cecil Headlam's gravestone

The Greek text on Cecil Headlam's gravestone

Chris Rogers

Photo:Transcription of the Greek text complete with 'L'

Transcription of the Greek text complete with 'L'

This page was added by Chris Rogers on 27/07/2019.

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