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Dulce et decorum est

English translation: It is sweet and honourable

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Latin term or phrase:Dulce et decorum est
English translation:It is sweet and honourable
Entered by: John Kinory
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08:54 Mar 18, 2002
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Art/Literary
Latin term or phrase: Dulce et decorum est
A phrase someone wrote to me at the end of a letter.
Jessica
It is sweet and honourable
Explanation:
In full, it should be: "dulce et decorum est pro patria mori", which means "It is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country."

It's not only a poem by W. Owen, the original should come from Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65–8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 3, ode 2, l. 13 (23 B.C.).

HTH,

Serge L.
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Serge L
Local time: 20:22
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8 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +5
It is sweet and honourable


Explanation:
In full, it should be: "dulce et decorum est pro patria mori", which means "It is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country."

It's not only a poem by W. Owen, the original should come from Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65–8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 3, ode 2, l. 13 (23 B.C.).

HTH,

Serge L.


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Serge L
Local time: 20:22
PRO pts in pair: 8
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Thank you very much!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  flaviofbg
7 mins

agree  Fernando Muela
10 mins

agree  xxxTanuki
11 mins

agree  Sven Petersson
12 mins
  -> thanks to all of you!

agree  irat56
33 mins

neutral  John Kinory: Is it not 'sweet and proper'?
1 hr
  -> There are some alternatives, indeed...
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