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METVS EST PLENNIS TYRANNIS

 
 
datagod
 
Reply Sun 29 May, 2011 05:51 pm
METVS EST PLENNIS TYRANNIS

From The Sword of Damocles, said to mean "the tyrant's fear is great."
Four issues. First, this will be a soldier's tattoo, so I want to make certain it's accurate. Second, some sources spell PLENA instead of PLENNIS. Third, the soldier might like to revise the words to mean "the tyrant's fear is justified," or "the tyrant's fear is great and justified." Fourth, is there a difference in meaning when a V is used in place of a U?

I greatly appreciate any help you can offer.
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George
 
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Reply Sun 29 May, 2011 06:41 pm
@datagod,
I'm having trouble with a good way to translated "justified" in this context.
I'll be back.
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George
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2011 09:24 am
@datagod,
> First, this will be a soldier's tattoo, so I want to make certain it's accurate.
Please read this.

> Second, some sources spell PLENA instead of PLENNIS.
I agree with PLENA, Nominative singular feminine of the adjective
PLENUS, meaning "full" or "complete".

> Third, the soldier might like to revise the words to mean "the tyrant's
> fear is justified," or "the tyrant's fear is great and justified."
If he does, post the request here.

> Fourth, is there a difference in meaning when a V is used in place of a U?
No, in Latin they are the same letter. It was only later on (Late Middle
Ages or Rennaissance) that by convention V was used as a consonant and
U as a vowel. I generally keep to that convention.

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