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Questions tagged [latin-to-english-translation]

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Check this translation of Amores 1.3.26

I'm getting a custom wedding band made and I'd like to have a line of Ovid inscribed along the outside of the band. Specifically: iunctaque semper erunt nomina nostra tuis. If my Latin isn't ...
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Meaning of “SEVERA INDEOVI VAS” from 3rd Century slab

Can someone explain the meaning of the words "SEVERA INDEOVI VAS" on this slab: According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depiction_of_Jesus, the above image is of an "Incised sarcophagus slab with ...
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Translation needed for 130 years old church document

I found this record of my great grandfather in a local church in Malaysia. Today, nobody use Latin anymore in this country. I should be much grateful if someone can help my family translating this ...
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Can someone check my translation?

I'm trying to translate an epitaph and I have no idea if I'm even close to right. It sounds really clunky at best. Can someone check it? Here's the original: stirpe fui, forma, natoque, opibusque, ...
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Parsing “Vale, o valde decóra” in the Ave Regina Caelorum

Ave, Regína cælórum, Ave, Dómina Angelórum: Salve radix, salve porta, Ex qua mundo lux est orta: Gaude, Virgo gloriósa, Super omnes speciósa, Vale, o valde decóra, Et pro nobis Christum ...
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Uter vs. Uterque

The way I learned 'uter' and 'uterque' was as follows. 'Uter' is like the Greek 'πότερος', meaning (in interrogative uses) 'which, of two?' and (in non-interrogative uses) 'either, of two'. I learned ...
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Translating a Latin phrase from an animated show

I remember a cartoon show named "Gargoyles" (follow this link please) I used to see when I was young. The hero there used to use a sort of magic tool to travel through time. He used to say something ...
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How do you translate 'nega frequenter'? Is it 'deny frequently' or 'rarely deny'?

This is not a straight translation question. I am asking this because the above phrase, from 'Concede parum, nega frequenter, distingue semper' seems to be rendered by some unofficial sources (see ...
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What does “Dominus providebit” mean?

Does "Dominus providebit" mean "The Lord will provide" or "The Lord provides"? I once had a bit of an argument with a guy who studied Latin over that. It's an inscription that appears on the rim of ...
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What does “Pulchre vive, vehementer somina, ardenter ama” mean?

I am getting a Latin tattoo so want to ensure that the Latin phrase is accurate before I get it inked! The Latin phrase is: Pulchre vive, vehementer somina, ardenter ama. Apparently, this means "...
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Why does Google Translate have trouble with Latin? [duplicate]

I would have guessed that Latin, being a synthetic language, would be much easier for a computer to translate, than an analytic language like English. But is this true? What is it that causes Google ...
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How does one “imitate into everything”?

"Good King Wenceslas" is a classic Christmas song, but its melody was taken from an older song: "Tempus Adest Floridum", from the Finnish carol book Piae Cantiones ("Pious Songs"). The first few ...
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Meaning of “supra se servitium”

Background In the TV series Fallet, some of the upper class of the fictional town of Norbacka use the phrase supra se servitium as a sort of salutation. Its meaning is never elaborated upon. My ...
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Translation check: propter scientiae amorem

The good people over at latindiscussion have been helping me with a project I'm working on. Now that I'm nearly finished, I would like to double check the results. Take the motto: "propter scientiae ...
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Can you please fix the mistakes in translating these prayers from Koine Greek to English (Part 2 of 2)?

This is a continuation from this question I do not know nearly enough Koine Greek to point out what I am specifically unsure about. That said, I do know enough to see that the Greek and English texts ...
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Can you please fix the mistakes in translating these prayers from Koine Greek to English (Part 1 of 2)?

This question is continued here I do not know nearly enough Koine Greek to point out what I am specifically unsure about. That said, I do know enough to see that the Greek and English texts do not ...
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“Extinguat et me, ne manu nostra cadat!”

I've seen this quote appear in a few different places, ostensibly from Seneca's Octavia. (Or maybe not Seneca's, we're not sure.) Extinguat et me, ne manu nostra cadat! However, I don't have a ...
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Can “illa” be used to mean “there?”

Dīxit, et potentem hastam magnīs vīribus manūs sinistrae in uterum equī iēcit; stetit illa, tremēns. Does stetit illa refer to the spear? As in "it stands there?" Is illa capable of carrying that ...
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More on the 'honorificabilitudinitatibus' citation

An early dictionary fits the longest word in Latin into a hexameter. In a previous question Expedito Bipes introduced this astonishing dictionary entry (1286), (and then later gave an alternative ...
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Can someone help me translate the following passage in latin into English?

Priusquam digressus est, Aeneas a rege Heleno quaesivit quae pericula sibi vitanda essent. Ille Aenean ad Phoebi templum manu duxit, deinde dixit: "Nate dea! Pauca tibi dicam, nam cetera fari ...
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Need help translating a 16th century inscription

The following inscription is on a flagstone in the wall of Schloss Bühl, a 16th century chateau in southern Germany. It was built by David vom Stain ("David from the Stone"), who is named in the text. ...
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How to get “almost everything” from “vix non quaedam” in this translation of a sentence from J.J. Fux?

I'm trying to understand an English translation of a Latin sentence from J.J. Fux's Gradus ad Parnasum (written in Latin in 1725). Here is the sentence: Tuâ aviditate, quam tamen laudo, fit, ut ...
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What does “Sion respectat dominus” mean?

I want to ask a question about medieval Latin. Sion respectat dominus. Does this sentence in English mean: "The lord gives some thought to Zion"? Is this translation correct? This title is from ...
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Translating “jerusalem duplici jugo gravata” into English

What does this mean? jerusalem duplici jugo gravata Ekkehard of Aura was the monk in medieval. He departed to the crusades of 1101. This sentence is from his book Hierosolimita in RHC V, PP. 1-40.
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Wondering how to translate imperfect subjunctives (in a conditional sentence)

I have to translate this sentence for homework: si verba patris a liberis non audita essent, timerent. I believe the verb form in both the protasis and apodosis is imperfect subjunctive. I am ...
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What is the meaning of “e pluribus smart assimus”?

I am just curious what a phrase "e pluribus smart assimus" means.
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Agreement in “medio tutissimus ibis”

Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book II, line 137 gives us the aphorism (in) medio tutissimus ibis The English translation for this is typically given as "In the middle, you will go most safe." How does "...
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Question related to “the tree of apples” in the Bible

Is it true that we tend to associate the tree whose fruit Eve convinced Adam to taste with an apple tree because of a certain translation mistake related to the word malum? Don't know how common this ...
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What does “Vivos voco pedibus ioco” mean?

I am not familiar with Latin, but I found an engraving on a bench at the graveyard, that made me curious. It says, vivos voco pedibus ioco. Google Translate is not really helpful, as it ...
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meaning of “status” and “condiciones”

I'm reading Olaus Magnus's 1550 Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus, earumque diversis statibus, condicionibus, moribus, ritibus, superstitionibus, disciplinis, exercitiis, regimine, victu, bellis, ...
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Is this translation of a note in a map correct?

I just saw this tweet. It contains this image: (taken from here, where we gather that the map was drawn in the early 1700s) with the following Latin sentence: ex septentrione longissimeque ...
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Help with stained glass lettering

This jpg shows what I think is Latin lettering on a stained glass window at a Japanese wedding chapel: If it is Latin, I'd appreciate (1) an English translation and (2) the lettering deciphered into ...
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How to write “Stand on the shoulders of giants” correctly? [duplicate]

I know that "nanos gigantium humeris insidentes" is "dwarves on the shoulders of giants". But what is the properly written way of saying either "on the shoulders of giants" and/or "standing on the ...
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What does 'fac et gaudium' mean?

What does 'fac et gaudium' mean? Or is it just a fragment? Found in old notebook. I know it's something to do with taking action and then delight, but the sense is unclear to me.
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Ablative considered as an accusative

In my Latin-Italian dictionary I found this expression: arva sanguineo gyro scribo that is translated as: I draw a blood circle on the ground. But, gyro is an ablative. Why is it considered as ...
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N & H Waxing Poetry: Why is “clam deductus est” used to translate “was led aside”?

In North & Hillard, Ex. 191, q. 3, the following English sentence needs to be translated into Latin: While the conspirators gathered round Caesar, Antonius was led aside by Trebonius. The ...
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What does Seculum Seculi mean?

A 1988 Norwegian pop album has the title "Seculum Seculi". I have tried to figure out what it means, but Google Translate cannot really help. It translates it into "toung" (not to be confused with "...
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What do the future active participle “editurus” and the gerundive or gerund “scribendum” mean in this sentence?

When I was trying to find information to answer ktm5124's question about “anticipātiō, anticipātiōnis”, I came across a passage that I am not advanced enough to understand fully. I'd like to ask for ...
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Is there any acceptable translation for “Lux Astrum”?

While asking this question where I was asking about building a brand name and motto using Latin, I realized that my choice of name is incorrect. If you want to go with lux astrum or something ...
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English translation of Erasmus's “Qui sit modus repetendae lectionis”

I'm a novice interested in the history of reading comprehension, and I'm trying to piece together an English translation of any or all of Erasmus's two-page letter "Qui sit modus repetendae lectionis" ...
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hoc opus; aeterna sibi sit retributo vitae!

I can not be sure of the meaning of this sentence: hoc opus; aeterna sibi sit retributo vitae! I wonder if it is something like this: this work was eternity-immortality for you. Could you ...
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Translating a Latin parody of “Pange Lingua” about a critic of the new 10% tax newly instituted in 1710

Non ex mente Philipina  haec venit taxatio: Infernalis inimici  Est vera inventio. Occasus Regni Gallici,  Et extrema unctio I have attempted to translate the above: Not ...
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Is my interpretation of “Ad Astra per Aspera” correct?

I came across the phrase ad astra per aspera — "to the stars through difficulties." I think I know what it means, but my interpretation appears to be at odds with others. For example: The ...
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Can someone translate this paragraph from the book “Proxima” for me? And is it grammatically correct?

Fortasse accipio oratio stridens vestri. Sum Quintus Fabius centurio navis stellae "Malleus Jesu". Quid estis, quid agitis in hac provincia? Et quid est mixti lingua vestri?Germanicus est? Non dubito ...
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Motto of Sir Francis Drake

The motto of Sir Francis Drake is: Sic parvis magna It is usually translated as "Greatness from small beginnings", but what is the literal translation? Would be be something like "Thus from ...
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to translate 6 latin sentence sentences to english with a step by step process on how you translated it [closed]

Can anyone translate these six Latin sentences (from chapters 38-39 of Annales) to English, and follow me through step by step on how you did it? Ignis impetu ventorum vectus circum corripuit nec ...
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Latin for “Teaching man”

How would you say "teaching man" in Latin, in the same way as "homo sapiens" (thinking man) or "homo economicus" (economic man)? It would be for an essay discussing modern education and the role of a ...
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Description of Cicadas from 1866

I am a research student from India. I work on cicada systematics and some of the literature on cicadas is in Latin. This one of such literature was written in 1866 and it is very important at this ...
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Origin of “seize the day” as a translation of Horace's carpe diem

Even many people who have never studied Latin know the phrase carpe diem (from Horace's Odes 1.11), and can tell you that it means "seize the day". But "seize" is not a very close translation of ...
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How to translate this plaque about John Duns Scotus?

The following is a plaque in commemoration of the 700th anniversary of the birth of John Duns Scotus: (Source of image here) In text (missing some details like interpuncts and ligatures): ...