On a banner in a painting, there is a Latin phrase 'Aeterne pungit cito volat et occidit'. Could someone please translate this into English?
#16339. Asked by Magnus. (Jan 30 02 5:21 PM)
Son of The Household Cavalry
Son of The Household Cavalry says: |
Never having been very good at languages and struggling with my own, I can hazard a guess that it is something like 'Eternal smelling violent city in the west'
My translation could be the reason why I am never allowed to speak to important foreigners.
Wed Jan 30 11:51:06 CST 2002
I found that the first part is something like 'eternal sting' and the rest may have something to do with wings, speed and killing (or falling).
Wed Jan 30 12:26:50 CST 2002
(As one entry - McG)
Calpurnia says: |
With a name like mine, I ought to know what this means but I've had to resort to my Latin dictionary and the following site -
which offers online translation of Latin phrases as well as other languages.
The banner referred to appears in the painting, 'The Knight's Dream' by Antonio de Pereda (17th century Spanish artist), which is apparently all about symbols of vanity.
On this site the picture can be enlarged and it can then be seen that there is a bow and arrow in the middle of the banner.
Given this extra clue, my stab at a translation is something like:
'Eternally it stings, swiftly it flies and it kills.'
I may have the tenses wrong as I can't remember Latin endings. Hope this is of some help though.
Wed Jan 30 13:15:56 CST 2002
(To fix link - McG)
Everlasting it stings, quickly it flies and it falls down. It's a rough translation and may not be entirely accurate.|
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