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Quotable Latin

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Alea iacta est

"The die is cast"

(Julius Caesar in Plutarch, Caesar 32)

Dux femina facti

"A woman was the leader of the deed"

(Vergil, Aeneid 1.364)

Carthago delenda est

"Carthage must be destroyed"

(Cato the Elder, in Plutarch, Cato 27)

Rem tene; verba sequenter

"Grasp the substance; the words will follow"

(Cato the Elder in Julius Victor, Ars Rhetorica 1)

Gallia est omnis diuisa in partes tres

"All Gaul is divided into three parts"

(Julius Caesar, Gallic War 1.1)


Veni, vidi, vici

"I came, I saw, I conquered"

(Julius Caesar in Suetonius, Diuus Julius 37)

Nil posse creari de nilo

"Nothing can be created from nothing"

(Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 1.135


Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus

"Let us live, and let us love, my Lesbia"

(Catullus 5)

Et tu, Brute?

(Julius Caesar, quoted by Suetnius, Diuus Julius 82)

Odi et amo

"I hate and I love"

(Catullus 85)

O tempora! O mores!

"Oh the times! Oh the manners!"

(Cicero, Against Catiline 1.1)

Arma uirumque cano

"Arms and the man I sing"

(Vergil, Aeneid 1.1)

Facilis descensus Auerni

"Easy is the descent to hell"

(Vergil, Aeneid 6.126)

Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit

"Perhaps one day we shall look back on this and laugh"

(Vergil, Aeneid 1.203)

Parcere subiectis et debellare superbos

"To spare the defeated and to subdue the proud"

(Vergil, Aeneid 6.853)


Nil desperandum

"Never despair"

(Horace, Odes 1.7.2)

Nunc est bibendum

"Now is the time for drinking"

(Horace, Odes 1.37.1)

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

"'Tis sweet and honorable to die for one’s country"

(Horace, Odes 3.2.13)


Celerius quam asparagi cocuntur

"Quicker than boiled asparagus"

(Augustus in Suetonius, Diuus Augustus 87)


Tempus edax rerum

"Time the devourer of all things"

(Ovid, Metamorphoses 15.234)


Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

"But who will guard the guardians?"

(Juvenal, Satires 6.347)


Mens sana in corpore sano

"A healthy mind in a healthy body"

(Juvenal, Satires 10.356)

Euolgato imperii arcano, posse principem alibi quam Romae


"A secret of empire was revealed, that a princeps could arise at a place other than Rome"

(Tacitus Histories 1.4.2)


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