Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 9 years ago

Translate quote into Latin?

I was hoping someone could help me translate the following quote from Heraclitus into Latin. The quote is "A man's character is his fate".

Any help would be most appreciated.

2 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    ἦθος ἀνθρώπῳ δαίμων is the Greek original. "Fate" isn't a very good translation - it's a flailing attempt to convey an ancient concept that would take some time to explain. "Mores hominis genius" would be a pretty direct Latin translation. Erasmus explained it in Latin as "Mores hominis deus sive fortuna" - "A man's character is his god (or fortune)." I think "A man's character is his god" is probably more accurate than fate. See for an explanation of what genius/δαίμων means.

  • 9 years ago

    "Hominis ingenium est perire."

    Hope this helpeed:)

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