Login or register (free and only takes a few minutes) to participate in this question.
You will also have access to many other tools and opportunities designed for those who have language-related jobs (or are passionate about them). Participation is free and the site has a strict confidentiality policy.
13:47 Feb 11, 2007
English to Latin translations [Non-PRO] Philosophy
English term or phrase:square the circle
this is in reference to Da Vinci's vitruvian man. I am doing some research and i can not get an accurate translation. Some sites I get quadratus orbis, and others are quadraturea circuli...please help
Explanation: 'Quadrare' ('to make square') and its various forms and cognates constitute the normal technical terminology for this sort of mathemtical relations in classical Latin, as at Pliny Sr., Hist. Nat., 36.13.19, 'pes quadrata' ('a square foot' or at Gellius, Noct. Att., 1.20.4, who speaks of a 'numerus quadratus' ('square number').
If you are seeking the substantive form of this concept rather than the verbal phrase which you're requesting, it will be 'circuli quadratura' ('a squaring of a circle'), found at Apuleius, 'de dogmate Platonis', 3.