I'm in need of translating this expression to Latin for a project of mine. I really tried figuring this out using Google but I came to a short end. Could anyone help me?

  • Welcome to the site! Can you give some more context? Do you want to use this phrase as a title or for something else? What do you want to mean by the expression? Translating short phrases well is often difficult if not impossible without context. (I can see why Google (Translate) is not very helpful with this. It is always unreliable, and with anything non-trivial such as this one I really doubt its prowess.)
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:42

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The word you want is favilla, which actually means 'glowing embers', or anything still hot and smouldering after combustion. As examples :

ibi tu calentem debita sparges lacrima favillam vatis amici (Hor. Odes 2.6.23)

And the well-known medieval hymn, Dies Irae, dies illa / solvet saeclum in favilla.

  • Can I use “incendia favilla” for effect? Does it make it a pleonasm? Oct 16, 2017 at 9:51
  • favilla suscitanda would be better.
    – Tom Cotton
    Oct 16, 2017 at 9:54

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