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Latin translation for a tattoo

 
 
Reply Sun 7 Oct, 2012 08:02 am
Hey everyone. I've had this idea for a tattoo for a while. I'm sure you're all familiar with the phrase "Omne Vivum Ex Vivo" - All life comes from life. What I'd like to do is alter that slightly to say, "All life comes from the stars." My initial thought would be, "Omne Vivum Ex Astra". But recently I noticed that in some phrases "Ex Astra" is replaced with "Ex Astris", as in "Ex Astris, Scientia". Which would be more correct in this context, or is the another configuration that's more proper? Thanks!
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George
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Reply Sun 7 Oct, 2012 10:23 am
@lucitedragon,
The preposition ex takes the ablative, so Astris is the form you want.
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Sun 7 Oct, 2012 07:22 pm
@George,
That being so, George, why is the accepted phrase per aspera ad astra rather than per aspera ad astris?
lucitedragon
 
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2012 05:06 am
@George,
Thanks for taking the time, George. Appreciate the answer.
George
 
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2012 07:32 am
@Lustig Andrei,
Lustig Andrei wrote:
That being so, George, why is the accepted phrase per aspera ad astra
rather than per aspera ad astris?
Good question. The preposition ad takes the accusative (astra).
Generally, "motion-from" uses the ablative and "motion-toward" uses the
accusative.
George
 
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2012 07:34 am
@lucitedragon,
You're welcome, lucitedragon.
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2012 03:09 pm
@George,
Interesting. I kind of assumed it had something to do with the difference in prepositions used. I'll try to remember that. Thank you.
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