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Latin translation

Postby Zarathus » Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:38 pm

Hello,
I started painting the portrait of Caligula and I would like to add the latin equivalent of "I am still alive!" (ending line from Albert Camus's - Caligula).
Can someone please give me a translation?
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Re: Latin translation

Postby Superavi » Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:49 pm

I'm pretty sure you could do it as "ipse tamen vivo". It literally translates to "I myself am still alive." I threw in the myself because I like the emphasis it gives in this statement.
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Re: Latin translation

Postby thesaurus » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:58 am

I feel that "ego" is in order here.

Perhaps "Vivo etiam ego!" Tamen may work in place of etiam.

Of course, you must post a picture of your portrait here when you're done!
Horae quidem cedunt et dies et menses et anni, nec praeteritum tempus umquam revertitur nec quid sequatur sciri potest. Quod cuique temporis ad vivendum datur, eo debet esse contentus. --Cicero, De Senectute
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Re: Latin translation

Postby Kasper » Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:42 am

why the emphasis on 'I'?

I think "Etiam vivo" is nicer, emphasising 'And still'.
“Cum ego verbo utar,” Humpty Dumpty dixit voce contempta, “indicat illud quod optem – nec plus nec minus.”
“Est tamen rogatio” dixit Alice, “an efficere verba tot res indicare possis.”
“Rogatio est, “Humpty Dumpty responsit, “quae fiat magister – id cunctum est.”
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Re: Latin translation

Postby thesaurus » Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:53 am

Kasper wrote:why the emphasis on 'I'?

I think "Etiam vivo" is nicer, emphasising 'And still'.


Yeah, now that I think about it there doesn't seem to be any need for personal emphasis. It would help to have more context. I was envisioning a boast, saying that "I am still alive... even though everyone else is dead," etc.
Horae quidem cedunt et dies et menses et anni, nec praeteritum tempus umquam revertitur nec quid sequatur sciri potest. Quod cuique temporis ad vivendum datur, eo debet esse contentus. --Cicero, De Senectute
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Re: Latin translation

Postby Superavi » Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:06 am

I emphasized the subject since it felt it was boasting in saying, "I am so much better than you all. I am still alive." I can't figure out whether I like the emphasis more on the subject or on 'still'. I think we would need a bit more context.
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