“arma virumque cano”

OK, for those who read MikeB may have spotted has tag line: “arma virumque cano”.

Since my Latin was rusty after over 35 years, I thought it would be “Armed Man and Dog”, which would be something more like “Armatus canus virumque”.

It actually comes from the beginning of Virgil’s Aeneid:

arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris
Italiam fato profugus Laviniaque venit

“I sing of arms and the man, who, at first (exiled by fate) from the shores of Troy, came to Italy and the Lavinian shores…”

I still like “armed man and dog” as a perfect description of the US.


Posted 27/02/2011 by lacithedog in Aeneid, Classical Studies, Latin, Virgil

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