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Ex malis minimum eligere oportet.

Postby pmda » Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:28 pm

I'm pretty sure I understood the following a few months ago...but for some reason it's Greek to me now.

Ex malis minimum eligere oportet.

I can't figure out a literal translation for the above in LLPSI XXXX

It is fitting when there is no choice...? or is it a witticism... there is little to choose between evils...

I can't work out what 'minimum' refers to ....'malis' is ablative neuter plural 'eligere' is infinitive

???
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Re: Ex malis minimum eligere oportet.

Postby lauragibbs » Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:25 pm

Ex malis minimum eligere oportet.

Ex malis,
minimum (malum)
eligere oportet.

(When you are choosing) among evils, = Ex malis,
you should choose = eligere oportet
the least evil = minimum (malum)

We would say: Choose the lesser of two evils. :-)
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Re: Ex malis minimum eligere oportet.

Postby pmda » Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:48 pm

Laura, gratias tibi ago.

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