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Latin Language - Combining known phrases

by Samantha
(Sydney, Australia)

Hi,


I'm sure you get these questions a lot, but I want to confirm the sentence structure is correct for a tattoo that I am planning on getting. I've had this on an anklet for some time but really just want to double check before I make it permanent.

I know the two sentences separately are correct (at least I believe so) but I want to make sure I am not messing with the meaning of either by putting them together. What I have is -

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum. Perfer Et Obdura; Dolor Hic Tibi Proderit Olim

The meaning of this I believe (and hope) is -

If you seek peace, prepare for war. Be patient and tough; one day this pain will be useful to you.

Thanks in advance for looking at this.


Dear Samantha,

Your Latin means just what you think in means, and the word order is fine.





Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.

Sincerely,

John

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