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Postby MC_jr » Wed Jun 23, 2004 3:09 am

Hello everyone, I've wanted to get a tattoo for the longest time. I wanted something different and I'm very interested in old/dead languages and such. At first I decided to get the sigil for the archangle Michael, which happens to be whom I'm named after. (see http://www.steliart.com/angelology_7_sigils.html ). I saw Angelina Jolies latin tattoo and I thought it was cool. It just doesn't fit me. Can you guys trans. "What feeds my mind, starves my body" for me? Thanks in advance.
P.s. Im curious does anyone else here have a tattoo in latin? if so what?
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Re: Latin Trans.

Postby benissimus » Wed Jun 23, 2004 6:50 am

MC_jr wrote:"What feeds my mind, starves my body"

Difficult to translate since Latin lacks a direct way of saying "to starve". Perhaps a more figurative expression would work:
Quo animo victus, hoc corpori fames
"As much sustenance to my mind as starvation to my body"

I used a Hoc... quo... construction (Moreland & Fleischer page 226), which is new to me, so if someone could verify that I used it correctly that would be nice.

P.s. Im curious does anyone else here have a tattoo in latin? if so what?

Yes, I have a tattoo "Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo", but it is written in a place that I can't show. :P
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae
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Postby Episcopus » Wed Jun 23, 2004 11:39 am

No you don't Steven!

Are you willing to put such a horrible language on your body permanently?
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Postby MC_jr » Wed Jun 23, 2004 1:52 pm

whats your tattoo mean?
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Postby Episcopus » Wed Jun 23, 2004 1:54 pm

I mean this seriously, you do not want to know. And he is lying anyhow, even some one as insane as Steven would not deface himself in such a way :shock:
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Postby MC_jr » Wed Jun 23, 2004 2:10 pm

sure i want to know, learn something everyday.
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Postby MC_jr » Wed Jun 23, 2004 2:11 pm

nevermind, i found out :)
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Postby klewlis » Wed Jun 23, 2004 2:13 pm

i have a greek tattoo!

maybe my next will be latin but i haven't decided yet what i want.
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Postby whiteoctave » Wed Jun 23, 2004 6:09 pm

i should imagine the essence can be captured rather direclty, with a reversed relative and pl. subj.:

mihi corpus consumunt, quae alunt animum.

if you want some serious chiastic action, place mihi after consumunt.

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p.s. somewhat paradoxically, Romans often used a transitive verb w/ dir. obj. for "to waste away X" when such verbs could also have the sense of "consuming"; hence starvation of the body could be conveyed as "eating up the body".
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Postby Thucydides » Wed Jun 23, 2004 8:30 pm

Hey, Whiteoctave, you're back :D

Does this mean you've finished at Cambridge?
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Postby whiteoctave » Wed Jun 23, 2004 8:36 pm

yeah Thuce, exams finished a fortnight ago but i'm staying up at Cambridge working on the Greek Lexicon Project.

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Postby Episcopus » Wed Jun 23, 2004 8:53 pm

Go away Thucy I said welcome back to him first :twisted:

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Postby 1%homeless » Wed Jun 23, 2004 9:31 pm

So is the dictionary still on schedule for a 2007 release?
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Postby Thucydides » Wed Jun 23, 2004 9:38 pm

What lexicon?!
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Postby whiteoctave » Wed Jun 23, 2004 10:00 pm

http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/glp/

the deadline for 2007 can probably still be made, staff numbers permitting.

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