Learned Spider's Epitaph

A Learned Spider’s Epitaph

“Here laid down, a small spider, caught resting between the lines of a long night’s lessons, now like a curious letterform…” For nearly two centuries, it’s possible this little insect has been buried here, in the second edition of Edward Everett’s translation of Buttmann’s Greek grammar. Everett, the Greek scholar, United States congressman, pastor, professor, diplomat (the list goes on) is remembered as one of the great American orators of his time.