Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group G

(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.

Gesta verbis praeveniunt.
Their deeds go before their words.
From gladius, sword.

Soldiers of the sand (arena), who performed for an audience as entertainment. Inherited from the Etruscans, the gladiator performed throughout Italy, including Rome.

Whether military deserters, condemned criminals, slaves, or freemen; in all cases, they were thought to be volunteers because, otherwise, they probably wouldn't be worth the expense of training in the special schools (ludi).

The gladiator could be a very profitable investment and many of them became very wealthy and were as popular as professional athletes are today.

Gnothi seauton. (Latinized Greek)
Know yourself.

This is the most famous of the many inscriptions carved on the Temple of Delphi in ancient Greece and it is said to be the personal motto of Socrates.

With Socrates, it would appear to be his admonition for introspection; however, the Delphic meaning is interpreted to be a warning to avoid overreaching, or what the Greeks would call hubris.

Another translation is "Know your limitations!"

Graecum est; non potest legi.
It's Greek to me.

First known reference is from the Medieval Latin proverb, "It is Greek; it cannot be read."

The source for the quote is usually attributed to William Shakespeare in the play "Julius Caesar" (Casca, in Act I, Scene 2): "Those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but for mine own part, it was Greek to me."

"It's all Greek to me" or "I don’t understand any of this" or "This makes no sense."

A reference to something which is unintelligible or incapable of being understood.

Gratia et veritas.
Grace and truth.

Motto of Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

gutta, gt. (s); guttae, gtt. (pl)
A drop or drops.

A medical/pharmaceutical term.

The amount in a drop varies with the nature of the liquid and its temperature. It is, therefore, not advisable to use the number of drops per minute of a solution as anything more than a general guide to the amount of material being administered intravenously.

Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary; F.A. Davis Company; Philadelphia, PA; 1993.

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