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Re: Translation into Latin Needed
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2016, 12:15:27 pm »
Quote from: Jenett;198026
Mundus is closer to 'world' but similar to the Greek kosmos: see Lewis and Short definition via the Perseus Project.. Orbis is more "this is a round thing" and more metaphorical. (See definitions here)

Altair, one of the things you might want to think about is if there's a particular time period/style/etc. of Latin that's particularly relevant, since that might be a way to get at a more poetic turn of phrase or framing. (My Latin is not sufficiently good to make suggestions here, but in Greek there's a pretty wide variation in that kind of thing, and I know Latin is even more so. You might even want to extend up into the Renaissance, when people were doing a lot more of the metaphorical motto sort of thing.)

AAGH! I guess that makes sense, though; languages and word usage evolve over time, and something said in the Modern English of 1795 would be very different from today's Modern English. Sigh.

I'm not concerned with classical purity; this isn't a reconstructionist endeavor. So I think I'll stick with "mundus", since even "hominen" as "mankind" is too limiting; the phrase is meant to include bringing mankind along, yes, but also situations where one imagines a world or a piece of the world--say, a garden--and then acts to make that garden a reality. No mankind involved there. So "mundus."
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