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|Latin to English translations [Non-PRO]|
Art/Literary - Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting
|Latin term or phrase: ludovicus rex plures non capit orbis|
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King Ludovicus (Ludwig) does not capture more of the world.
These buttons seem to be all over, but no one can agree on a translation. As another poster pointed out, this question has already been asked on proz.com, so check out that earlier post.
The most common translation that I found elsewhere for this is "There is no room in the world for more than one King Ludwig," but literal translation of the Latin phrase does not yield that translation.
'Ludovicus rex' (King Ludwig) can only be in the nominative case, and therefore must be the subject.
'capit' is a 3rd person singular verb from 'capio' meaning 'to take' or 'to seize'.
The words 'plures' and 'orbis' are somewhat problematic. In my translation above, I took 'plures' (more) as the direct object, and 'orbis' as a partitive genitive depending on 'plures'. That yields the translation 'more of the world'. The fact that 'plures' is plural, however, is unusual--in Latin, one would expect 'plus orbis' instead, as 'plures orbis' means something more like 'more people of the world' or maybe even 'more parts of the world'.
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