Latin Phrase: Know Thyself

by Noel
(TX)

Dear Latin Teacher,

How would I translate: Know yourself and your identity, put away the mask.

Thanks, Noel


Dear Noel,

The first part of your Latin phrase, "Know yourself", is often translated as nosce te ipsum (which is itself a translation of the equally famous Greek phrase: γνῶθι σεαυτόν or gnōthi seauton).

To add in "Know your identity", try adding identitatem.

So far we have nosce te ipsum et identitatem.

For the last piece, "Put away the mask", you might use the word for a stage actor's mask: Persona.

So now we have nosce te ipsum et identitatem, personam depone.

If you are speaking to a woman, however, the ipsum must be changed to ipsam. No need to change any other word.

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

Sincerely,

John

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