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.
- 9 years agoFavorite Answer
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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genius_%28mythology%2... for an explanation of what genius/δαίμων means.
- 9 years ago
"Hominis ingenium est perire."
Hope this helpeed:)