How would I say the phrase "Retaliate with Success" in classical Latin?

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    Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 14:38

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Prospere seems a good word for 'with success'. For an example, I immediately thought of 'prospere, procede, et regna' from the Psalms (though granted, that's ecclesiastical.

For retalitate, I rescind my previous answer of punire - instead I propose ulcisci, which my Lewis and Short marks as common in classical usage, as in “odi hominem et odero: utinam ulcisci possem! sed illum ulciscentur mores sui,” Cic. Att. 9, 12, 2.

Thus, I have Prospere Ulciscimini or Prospere Ulciscere, depending on the number.

  • Welcome to the site! This looks like a promising option. Can you explain or discuss your choice of words a little? I don't immediately see how those verbs work for "retaliate", but it's probably because they have a nuance I don't know or remember. (Answers always get much more value from explanation in addition to mere statement.)
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 21:38
  • Thank you! I have edited my answer.
    – fiat96
    Commented Jul 14, 2020 at 22:27
  • Excellent! I'd vote up a second time if I could.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Jul 15, 2020 at 7:47

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