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Could anyone help with a Latin to English translation please

 
 
Reply Sun 11 Aug, 2013 12:36 pm
Hi all, could anyone tell me what this means, if anything at all.
I found it written at the back of an old book belonging to my grandfather.

"Magnum ipsum deificum
Ipsum glorifica
Opus dominus Sanctus"

I don't know if its meant to be one passage or separate lines
Many thanks
Samantha
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George
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 06:33 am
@Samkelly,
I can tell you what the words mean, but I'm having a hard time linking
them together grammatically.

Magnum -- great
ipsum -- itself
deificum -- deifying, making god-like

Ipsum -- itself
glorifica -- glorify (as a command)

Opus -- work (the noun)
dominus -- lord
Sanctus -- holy

Are you sure about the spelling?
Word endings make a big difference in Latin.
Samkelly
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 09:34 am
@George,
It's handwritten and a touch smudged, perhaps I have misspelt. Of course it may be the case that it doesn't actually mean anything at all. Many thanks for your help though.
Samantha
George
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 11:33 am
@Samkelly,
You're welcome, Samantha.
Sorry I couldn't be more help.
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kiuku
 
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Reply Tue 5 Nov, 2013 12:21 am
@Samkelly,
It is a warning. It says: Books are the definition of glory when the definition of glory should be the holy, or God. "should be" is added, because the words actually say "when really", in reality the definition is God: on the glorification of books and their readers, and the wit involved-to God the glory and all that. 1950's I think. Magnum means books.

P.S. I translate Latin
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