Saturday, July 31, 2010


The notes here are taken from the actual Scala, so be warned that references to the "previous" proverb refer to its order in the Scala, not its order here. You can read more about the word at the Verbosum blog: PATRIA.

Ibi patria, ubi bene. ~ Note: Note the use of the adverb, bene, without a specified verb - the idea being that it implies all kinds of verbs: where you (live, eat, drink, fare) well, there is your homeland.

Dulce pro patria vivere. ~ Note: Proverbs do not always agree with one another; in fact - they often disagree! Just compare this saying with the previous one.

Ubi bonum, mihi patria. ~ Note: The idea here is that your patria is more than just where you are born - it is where things are good, ubi bonum.

Non sibi, sed patriae. ~ Note: The unambiguously dative sibi lets you know that patriae must also be in the dative also. The use of parallelism is one of the key stylistic features of proverbs in any language.

Pro rege saepe, pro patria semper. ~ Note: This is a motto of the Eyre family.

Ducit amor patriae. ~ Note: This is the motto of the 361st Infantry division of the United States Army, as you can see here: image.

Patria est ubi bene est. ~ Note: This proverb opts to use the verb "est" with bene, creating a nice parallelism (one of the favorite stylistic devices of proverbs): Patria EST ubi bene EST.

Patria est ubi bene sit cuique. ~ Note: This takes the same idea and states it as a hypothetical with the subjunctive sit and the pronoun quisque: Where(ever) it might be good for any(one), that is their homeland.

Vincet amor patriae. ~ Note: You can find this sentiment in Vergil's Aeneid, Book 6; the complete line is: vincet amor patriae laudumque immensa cupido. As often with the Aeneid, the context is gloomy: Anchises is telling Aeneas about Lucius Junius Brutus, founder of the Roman Republic, and referring to how Brutus's love of country will overcome his love for his own sons, when he executes them for their participation in a conspiracy to bring back the monarchy.

Patria mea totus hic mundus est.

Dulce pro patria mori. ~ Note: This saying is adapted from one of the odes of Horace; read more at Wikipedia.

Dulce pro patria periculum.

Sua cuique cara patria. ~ Note: The idea here is that even if there are different countries the love of country can still be universal: each person loves their own country, sua patria.

Patria cara, carior fides. ~ Note: This is a Nicholas family motto.

Roma communis nostra patria est.

Patria est communis omnium nostrum parens. ~ Note: Cicero

Homo non sibi soli natus, sed patriae. ~ Note: Note the contrasting dative phrases: "for oneself alone," sibi soli, and "for the country," patriae. Although the forms soli and patriae are ambiguous, the word sibi is a good clue that you are dealing with datives!

Illic enim patria est, ubi tibi sit bene.

Sapientis est carere patria.

Patria sua cuique iucundissima. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings Erasmus included in his Adagia, 3.10.18.

Vincet amor patriae, laudumque immensa cupido.

Patriam tuam mundum existima.

Ubi panis, ibi patria.

Ubi libertas, ibi patria. ~ Note: This is a motto of the Baillie family.

Patria cara, carior libertas. ~ Note: This is a motto of the Radnor family.

Ingrata patria, ne ossa quidem mea habebis.

Patriae quis exul se quoque fugit? ~ Note: The words are from one of Horace's odes, 2.16: Quid terras alio calentes / sole mutamus? patria quis exul / se quoque fugit?

In patria natus non est propheta vocatus.

Nemo propheta in patria sua.

Propheta in sua patria honorem non habet.

Nemo propheta acceptus est in patria sua. ~ Note: This saying is included by Polydorus in his Adagia, B107.

Omne solum forti patria est.

Quaevis terra patria. ~ Note: This compound pronoun, quivis, is made up of the familiar qui pronoun plus "vis" - "you want," from the verb volo, so the pronoun means "whatever you want, anything you like," etc. So the idea here is that any country at all can be your homeland - not just the country you were born in. This is one of the sayings Erasmus included in his Adagia, 2.2.93.

Sapientis quaevis terra patria. ~ Note: This takes the previous proverb and makes it more specific: any land at all can be the homeland of the wise man. Already in the ancient Mediterranean world, the wisdom traditions were enthusiastically cosmopolitan!

Patria est ubicumque est bene.

Patria est ubicumque vir fortis sedem elegerit.

Patria tua est ubicumque vixeris bene.

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

Ubique patriam reminisci.

Fortunato omne solum patria est.

Omne solum forti patria est, ut piscibus aequor.

Patriae fumus igni alieno luculentior. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings that Erasmus included in his Adagia, 1.2.16.

Pro patria, pro liberis, pro aris et focis.

Infelix patria est, pueros ubi purpura vestit.

Debemus grata eorum virtutem memoria prosequi, qui pro patria vitam profuderunt. ~ Note: Cicero

Nullus est casus pro dignitate et libertate patriae non ferendus.

Sapientis est carere patria, et duri non desiderare.

Vim neque parenti, neque patriae afferre oportet.

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