Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group A
(classical-language maxims, slogans, adages, proverbs, and words of wisdom that can still capture our modern imagination)
Expressions of general truths: Latin to English maxims, proverbs, and mottoes
Word entries are from Latin unless otherwise indicated.
A search ab ovo is a thorough analysis and a complete presentation.
A Roman phrase similar to English, "From soup to nuts"; but it means "From start to finish". This meaning is based on the fact that Roman dinners often started with eggs and ended with fruit.
From the beginning to the end of any enterprise; thoroughly, or without qualification.
"From one sample, judge or know all the rest." From Virgil's Aeneid. This maxim, or rule, applies to situations in which the acceptance of a single observation is universally applicable. Such a careless application is considered a trap for faulty generalizations; like et sic de similibus, "and so of similar (people or things)"; "and that goes for the others, too."
The Romans used this date as the starting point for calculating an era. Ab urbe condita is also presented as Anno urbis conditae, "In the year of the founding of the city" which is also abbreviated A.U.C..
Not present. A term used in a roll call.
A maxim by Ovid: "Pursuits done with constant and careful attention become habits."
A variant of Vade in pace. or "Go in peace."
Sometimes it is also translated as, "Out of sight, out of mind." or "Absence does not make the heart grow fonder."
Karl wrote to his sweetheart that she shouldn't believe the old adage, Absens haeres non erit because I love you even more while you are away from me.
A medical direction or instruction.
Used in law to refer to the defendant not being present or not available.