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A Tombstone in Four Languages

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Under the Norman kings of Sicily, the island became a prosperous and influential Mediterranean superpower. The coexistence of western, Islamic and Byzantine cultures on Sicily created a multilingual state. In this video, Curator Dirk Booms talks about a funerary inscription from AD 1149 written in Judaeo-Arabic (Arabic written in Hebrew script) on top, Latin on the left, Greek on the right, and Arabic below. The video was originally published by the British Museum, courtesy of YouTube.

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