January 1, 2017

Planning In Memoriam for the New Year

The birth of In Memoriam

A couple of months ago I realized how many of the people I've written about or mentioned in my blog have died. For the last few weeks I have been going through my blog entries and I have assembled a list of them. Many of the articles were not intended as memorials but there they are.    

Since the days of the Roman empire, the words In memoriam, followed by a name, have been found on monuments and gravestones. They may also appear in the dedication of a book or poem; eg. the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam, written over a period of 17 years to mourn the death of his friend Arthur Hallam.   

Sometimes followed by a reference to the one being remembered: then, either a preposition is used (typically of) or in memoriam is followed directly by the reference (as in in memoriam: David Bowie or in memoriam David Bowie).      

Origin: Latin

accusative singular of memoria   

adverb, preposition     
in memory (of); to the memory (of); as a memorial (to): used on gravestones, in obituaries, etc.

I guess it's a hell of a way to start the new year, but there it is!               
 Styrous® ~ Sunday, January 1, 2017 

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