English translation: dis manibus Quintus Horatius Flaccus
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10:25 Apr 22, 2008
Latin to English translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary - Religion / Tombstone Inscription
Latin term or phrase:D M Q HORATIUS FLACCUS
It’s on a picture of Horace’s tombstone (or what someone believes his tombstone would have looked like – I should imagine the actual stone would be long lost).
After "D M Q HORATIUS FLACCUS" it says “ANNOS VIXIT LVII”, which is easy to understand as it’s just saying that he lived for 57 years, but after that there's also something a bit mystifying: “MULTIS ILLE BONIS FLEBILIS OCCIDIT”.
Explanation: A quotation from Horace, Odes, Carm.1.24, lines 3-10, continuing "nulle flebior quam tibi, Virgilius."
An inscription on the South side of the nave of St. Peter's, Broughton, North Staffordshre Memorial Inscription quotes Horace with the following translation: Falling after daring great deeds he perished, bemoaned by many good men.