The Seikilos Epitaph is the world's oldest surviving complete musical composition (including notation), from the 1st or 2nd century AD. This Ancient Greek musical notation was found inscribed on a memorial monument in a Hellenistic area of what is now Turkey.

An English translation of the lyrics:

"While you live, shine
have no grief at all
life exists only for a short while
and Time demands his due."

And this same sentiment has carried on in song through to the 20th century:

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Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

Analysis of the Seikilos Epitaph and comparison to modern themes 

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