Translation from English to Classical Latin
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Asked by: fragomeni-ga
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22 Mar 2006 13:30 PST
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Question ID: 710679
I need two phrases translated into proper classical Latin. They are to be just as they would have been if writen by Virgil, Ovid, or any of the other classical poets. Phrases: 1) Seek to understand the universe and you shall understand nothing at all but seek to understand yourself and the universe shall unfold before you. 2) Seek to understand the universe and you shall understand nothing at all but seek to understand yourself and to you shall be revealed the universe. If you can come up with a more accurate phrasing (closer to the way the poets would have writen it) please do so as that is the goal. Please reply with the Latin translations as well as their english translations. Additionally time is somewhat of a factor here but the accuracy of the answer IS paramount. Thank you so much in advance
Re: Translation from English to Classical Latin
Answered By: alanna-ga on 27 Mar 2006 17:28 PST
Hello fragomeni-ga, Here is the Latin translation of your expression which I have treated as a classical aphorism: Avaro mundum concipiendi universum, non multum, aut nihil omnino captatur; cui autem seipsum percipere periclitatur, rerum natura prosus explicat. The following is a literal translation back to English of the translation: To the one who is greedy to comprehend the whole world, little or nothing at all is grasped; to the one, however, who takes the risks of understanding oneself, the whole nature of things (=reality) opens up. I believe the meaning of your words are captured by this rendering. The ancient Latins did not have a concept of the universe as we know it, hence I used "world." Furthermore, my translation uses the impersonal form, because the Latin poets would not have used the second person in a succinct phrase expressing a moral or universal truth. In case you want to speak the Latin words, you may be interested in this pronunciation guide: The Pronunciation of Classical Latin http://www.orbilat.com/Languages/Latin/Grammar/Latin-Pronunciation-Syllable-Accent.html Because you asked for speed, I am submitting this answer now. Should you want some other Latin links, you may certainly ask for them with a "request for clarification." I hope this does the trick. Alanna-ga
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