Latin to English translation request

Reply Thu 11 Jun, 2009 09:42 pm


I would appreciate an English translation of the following phrase: Aio te vincere

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Reply Fri 12 Jun, 2009 06:55 am
The full sentence is, of course,
Aio te, Æacida, Romanos vincere posse.
This is the (literally) classic example of a prophecy that can be taken however
the hearer chooses.

It may mean either
I tell you, Æacida (Pyrrhus), that you can conquer the Romans.
I tell you, Æacida (Pyrrhus), that the Romans can conquer you.

Ennius reports this as a reply given Pyrrhus by the Delphic Oracle.
Reply Fri 12 Jun, 2009 11:29 am
Thank you very much.

Given the context of where I read the phrase (it was spoken by a character in Arturo Perez-Reverte's "Captain Alastarte," who has resigned himself to the fact that his friend has successfully forced a duel no else wanted to happen), that makes a lot of sense.

Thank you also for the reference to Ennius. I love complete notes.
Reply Fri 12 Jun, 2009 11:34 am
Whoops, that's "Captain Alatriste."
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Reply Fri 12 Jun, 2009 11:40 am
You're welcome, csewriter.
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