Friday, October 30, 2009

a.d. III Kal. Nov.

MEMORĀBILE DICTŪ

Nāvigāre necesse est; vīvere nōn est necesse.
It is necessary to sail, it is not necessary to live.

Th is is the Latin version of a phrase attributed to the first century BCE Roman general Pompey by the Greek author Plutarch, who lived in the late first and early second centuries CE. Though Plutarch wrote in Greek, Pompey presumably said these words in Latin to his soldiers, when exhorting them to complete a mission of supplying grain in very dangerous conditions.