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gratior ac pulchro veniens in corpore virtus

English translation: cleverness is even more welcome when cloaked in good looks

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04:49 Aug 18, 2001
Latin to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
Latin term or phrase: gratior ac pulchro veniens in corpore virtus
I think its a quotation from Virgil
Gregory Patton
English translation:cleverness is even more welcome when cloaked in good looks
Explanation:
now this is a difficult translation, because in Latin (and in the Roman culture) "virtus" had a lot of peculiar meanings that it is difficult to render for us modern-time people. I translated it by "cleverness", but to some extent my translation can't help being inaccurate.
Here are a few entries fron my latin dict.: virtue, ability, moral worth, merit, valour, excellence, braveness, deermination... got the meaning? But in this context I feel cleverness might imperfectly do, even though the real meaning is a mix of cleverness, moral qualities, personal excellence in general, perhaps even culture and education...
Latin phrase construction was very peculiar, more often than not correlated nouns and adjectives are set fat apart; e.g., look at "in corpore pulchro" (in a beautiful body, which I have translated as "good looks"), and "gratior veniens virtus" (literally: cleverness coming more welcome), where gratior is the comparative and veniens is "coming" from the verb "venire". I hope I was of some help!
Francesco
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naspelling mistake...
Francesco D'Alessandro
nacleverness is even more welcome when cloaked in good looks
Francesco D'Alessandro


  

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cleverness is even more welcome when cloaked in good looks


Explanation:
now this is a difficult translation, because in Latin (and in the Roman culture) "virtus" had a lot of peculiar meanings that it is difficult to render for us modern-time people. I translated it by "cleverness", but to some extent my translation can't help being inaccurate.
Here are a few entries fron my latin dict.: virtue, ability, moral worth, merit, valour, excellence, braveness, deermination... got the meaning? But in this context I feel cleverness might imperfectly do, even though the real meaning is a mix of cleverness, moral qualities, personal excellence in general, perhaps even culture and education...
Latin phrase construction was very peculiar, more often than not correlated nouns and adjectives are set fat apart; e.g., look at "in corpore pulchro" (in a beautiful body, which I have translated as "good looks"), and "gratior veniens virtus" (literally: cleverness coming more welcome), where gratior is the comparative and veniens is "coming" from the verb "venire". I hope I was of some help!
Francesco

Francesco D'Alessandro
Spain
Local time: 10:15
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 11
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spelling mistake...


Explanation:
of corse I meant "far apart", nothing to do with fat!

Francesco D'Alessandro
Spain
Local time: 10:15
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 11
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