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Latin translation?

Postby cakee » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:58 am

Hi

I'm trying to translate a phrase from english into latin, and so far I have three possibilities. Could some one tell me which of them is right or if they're all wrong??

the phrase is "Courage through adversity"

and the three translations are:

Virtus per asperum

Virtus per adversum

Virtus per aspera


thanks! :)
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Postby MiguelM » Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:20 pm

"Adversum" literally means "facing against/opposing", whereas "asperum" means "rough, irregular" (but is often metaphorized as adversity, as per the all-too-known motto "Per Aspera Ad Astra" (Through adversities/difficulties/hardships to the stars". It's up to you how literal you want to go with things, but latin is in itself very metaphorized, so I'd just pick one, I suppose.

Aspera is the plural neuter of Asperum, as in "Hardship / Hardships".
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Re: Latin translation?

Postby benissimus » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:03 pm

cakee wrote:Virtus per asperum

Virtus per adversum

Virtus per aspera

I prefer the last of the three.
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Re: Latin translation?

Postby bedwere » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:08 pm

benissimus wrote:
cakee wrote:Virtus per asperum

Virtus per adversum

Virtus per aspera

I prefer the last of the three.

After all there is Per aspera ad astra, which is the motto of the South African Air Force.
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Postby nov ialiste » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:34 am

The British Royal Air Force uses Per ardua ad Astra as its motto. This is usually translated "Through adversity to the stars".
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