Latin Quotes, Sayings, Tattoos, Phrases & Mottos

Most texts and materials on this site have to do with the Latin language, including its perception in popular culture: movies, tattoos, inscriptions, engravings, bits of ancient philosophy, online Latin resources and company names. There is also information about learning Latin and Greek: textbooks, dictionaries, DVDs and software that can be used in a homeschooling environment.


University of Cambridge - a Papal Bull

 
Friday, November 2, 2007, 11:38 - World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern, Latin Language
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The Vatican has in its possession a bull concerning the University of Cambridge ("Inter Singula") listed among the documents of interest at their Secret Archives's website. It is not clear whether they intend to publish this document at a ridiculously high price, as in case of the Chinon Parchment. Regardless, I am providing the Latin text and a translation of this interesting document. There are some small discrepancies with the Vatican text, but nothing out of the ordinary

http://www.inrebus.com/cambridgebull.php
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Latin phrases

 
Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 19:49 - Latin Language, Legal Phrases and Expressions, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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I started working on a page of Latin mottos, phrases and quotations in popular use. After correcting a ton of errors many still remain, I am sure. I will keep adding more phrases there. Fortunately, I have a lot of sources for this kind of thing.

http://www.inrebus.com/latinphrases_a.php
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Per aspera ad astra

 
Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 14:39 - Latin Language, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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Per aspera ad astra (sometimes 'per ardua ad astra' etc.) - Through hardships to the stars. I wonder how this motto has been overlooked by UFO enthusiasts. Really, what possible use would anyone prior to the 20th century have for a phrase so vividly referring to space exploration? Did Virgil's 'sic itur ad astra' ('in such a manner one goes to the stars') imply the Romans' familiarity with interstellar voyages? Or how about continuous use of the verb 'to fly' when referring to merely visiting one's friends, as found in Cicero? Also, note that in Latin 'altus' means both 'high' and 'deep'. It's as if for the Ancient Romans top and bottom were interchangeable, just like they are in space!

More Latin Witchcraft - a Latin magic spell (funny stuff)

 
Monday, October 29, 2007, 14:29 - Latin Language, World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern
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I saw this amusing snippet of "Latin" in a few places online:

Imperiequeritis, tria pendent corpora ramis dis meus et gestas in media et divina potestas dimeas clanator sed jetas as astra levarut.

This phrase is actually a magic spell, supposed to alleviate pain and suffering caused by torture. Well, maybe. Maybe not. The Latin language is the one being tortured here, because the original phrase looked like this (a little piece of Medieval poetry):

Imparibus meritis, pendent tria corpora ramis,
Dismas et Gesmas, media est divina potestas.
Gestas damnatur, Dismas ad astra levatur.


Unequal in their merits, three bodies hang on the tree,
Dismas and Gesmas, and in the middle - God's Might.
Gestas is condemned, and Desmas is lifted up the the stars.


I must add that there are many variations in the apocryphal names of the two criminals that were crucified alongside Jesus.

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