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Latin Text of The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320

Hi. I need help translating the following paragraph to put on a plaque for my dad as a birthday present. I really want this to be in Latin as it was originally written in Latin. I really hope you can help? Thanks very much

...for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself

Hi Anonymous,

Not sure where you found your English translation of this. It appears to be the Declaration of Arbroath of 1320 from a letter of Barons of Scotland to Pope John XXII.

Here is the corresponding Latin, according to

"Quia quamdiu Centum ex nobis viui remanserint, nuncquam Anglorum dominio aliquatenus volumus subiugari. Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit."

For those who know some classical Latin, this quote will jump out as medieval: diuicias for divitias, set for sed.

Thanks for this, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.



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