It is well known that some Greek epitaphs from the Christian period have an initial predicate. Although this might seem unremarkable for classicists familiar with the variabilities of Greek word order, it is not something that can pass without comment in the history of either Greek epigraphy or the Greek language. Korhonen looks into the role of such verb-initial structures in the Syracusan context and the interplay between formulaic expressions and grammatical sentences of the language. The funerary inscriptions from the catacombs of Syracuse are a rich source of information on late antique and early medieval Greek. Due to their quantity, the epitaphs can illustrate many aspects of the history of Greek language: how features of "natural" language end up in epitaphs and become petrified or fossilized in time.