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Sic vis pacem parabellum

Postby rr13d » Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:34 am

I recently watched the movie "The Punisher" and for anyone who isn't familiar with the movie the man says that his military instructor told him the latin phrase "Sic Vis Pacem Parabellum" and he said it translated to "If you want peace, prepare for war."
Does this seem right? I thought it was an interesting phrase. (Not to sure if I spelled it correctly)
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Re: Sic vis pacem parabellum

Postby Rhodopeius » Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:00 pm

The quote is actually Si vis pacem, para bellum.

Sic is an adverb which means "thus." Si is a conjunction which means "if."

Para and bellum are two separate words, the former being the imperative form of the verb "to prepare for," and the latter being the direct object, "war."
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