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Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit

by Sandy A
(Houston tx)

Dear Latin teacher,

I was wondering if the correct Latin to English translation of the following quote would be...

Haec olim meminisse ivvabit

"time heals all things"?

if not, what is the correct English to Latin translation of this?

Thank you

Hi Sandy,

This is a line from Vergil's Aeneid. It means:

haec = these things
olim = sometime (here, in the future)
meminisse = to remember
iuvabit = it will please, be helpful

So: At sometime in the future it will be pleasing to remember these things.

In book 1, line 203, Aeneas says this to his men after the shipwreck that put them on the shores of Africa. He is encouraging them to recover their courage.

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



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Latin quotes found in unusual places - and they 'stick.'
by: Chuck Dougherty

I just checked with the Corner Room Restaurant in State College, Pa. across from the Pennsylvania State University to see if the Latin quote above was still on their backwall. (I haven't been there since 1966.) I'm happy to report that I have always remembered it and that it is still there! A Latin professor at PSU provided a translation underneath the phrase, and I'm also happy to report that it matches the Latin Teacher's definition exactly. At age 68, it's always nice to find that your memory has not gone coompletely 'South' on you!

Help please
by: Geoff

Hi All ,

Just a few lines as to what this really means on my sons school blazer badge .olim meminisse juvabit .
Many thanks


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