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Mortem Vitae Sequens?

Postby deadjack » Wed Jun 30, 2004 6:53 pm


I was told Mortem Vitae Sequens was Latin for "death follows life."

Can it be translated another way? Also, is it grammatically correct?

Thanks in advance!

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Postby klewlis » Wed Jun 30, 2004 7:10 pm

It's certainly not correct if you are looking for "death follows life".

*I* would say "Mortalitas vitam sequitur."

But there are many here whose latin supercedes mine, so they may have some finer suggestions. :)
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Postby Magistra » Wed Jun 30, 2004 7:57 pm

klewlis said

It's certainly not correct if you are looking for "death follows life".

*I* would say "Mortalitas vitam sequitur."

She certainly cleaned up the grammar.

I would prefer to use mors instead of mortalitas. Mortalitas seems to indicate the capability of dying; whereas mors is just death, plain & simple.

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Postby whiteoctave » Wed Jun 30, 2004 8:07 pm

i think since the phrase has a proverbial nature it would be nice to put it in the gnomic aorist, a thing latin and greek were most fond of, though rare in english (cf. perh. "curiosity killed the cat").

mors and vita are pretty ineluctable words to use, though i think succedo may be the verb that most aptly captures the changed state from one to another.

for the sake of euphony: vitam successit mors.

i wouldn't have thought of using mortalitas, although it is nicely reminiscent of tacitus or perhaps the quotation from cicero's de natura deorum: ...aut non omne quod ortum sit mortalitas consequatur.

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Postby Titus Marius Crispus » Wed Jul 14, 2004 3:55 am

The Gnomic Perfect! Hurrah! I have been using that for months now. Everyone always thinks I'm stupid for saying stuff in the perfect they think should be in the present.. :(
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