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Latin Phrase: Voice of the Citizenry?

by David
(Laguna Beach, California, USA)

Dear Latin Teacher,

Would "Vox Civicus" roughly translate to "voice of the citizenry?"

Many thanks.

Dear David,

The noun vox is feminine, so the phrase would have to be vox civica.

However, the adjective civicus, -a, -um is very rare in classical Latin compared to civilis, -e. So vox civilis is also possible.

In addition, except for the phrase civica corona, a civic crown made of oak leaves, the word is mostly poetic, found rarely in prose authors.

The more common phrase for voice of the citizenry is vox populi, literally the voice of the people.

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



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