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Pompa mortis magis terret, quam mors ipsa.

English translation: It is the accompaniments of death that are frightful rather than death itself

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Latin term or phrase:Pompa mortis magis terret, quam mors ipsa.
English translation:It is the accompaniments of death that are frightful rather than death itself
Entered by: Egmont
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00:48 Aug 22, 2001
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Art/Literary
Latin term or phrase: Pompa mortis magis terret, quam mors ipsa.
It's a quotation in a philosophical text about the fear of death.
corina77
Romania
Local time: 05:00
It is the accompaniments of death that are frightful rather than death itself
Explanation:
This is Francis Bacon's (1561–1626) rendering of this quotation in his "Essays, Civil and Moral" (II, Of Death). The quotation is from Ovid's Metamorphoses, X.
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Randi Stenstrop
Local time: 04:00
Grading comment
Thank you very much for your exact and scholarly reference. At the same time, I appreciate the prompt and relevant translations of the other answerers, too.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +1All the pomp and display that go with death are even more scaring than death itself
Francesco D'Alessandro
na +1It is the accompaniments of death that are frightful rather than death itselfRandi Stenstrop
naDying is less awful than the trappings of death.aj1724
naThe appareance of death/A funeral frightens more than death itself
flaviofbg


  

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13 mins peer agreement (net): +1
All the pomp and display that go with death are even more scaring than death itself


Explanation:
Pompa was difficult to translate here in just one word, so I used two.

Francesco D'Alessandro
Spain
Local time: 03:00
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 11

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Mats Wiman
5 mins
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28 mins peer agreement (net): +1
It is the accompaniments of death that are frightful rather than death itself


Explanation:
This is Francis Bacon's (1561–1626) rendering of this quotation in his "Essays, Civil and Moral" (II, Of Death). The quotation is from Ovid's Metamorphoses, X.

Randi Stenstrop
Local time: 04:00
Native speaker of: Native in DanishDanish
PRO pts in pair: 24
Grading comment
Thank you very much for your exact and scholarly reference. At the same time, I appreciate the prompt and relevant translations of the other answerers, too.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Egmont
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51 mins
The appareance of death/A funeral frightens more than death itself


Explanation:
Dear Corina,

all the above are correct, but I wanted to add that "pompa", especially when referred to death, may also translate as "funeral" as in "funeral procession".

Just my two cents,

hope it helps! :) Flavio

flaviofbg
Spain
Local time: 04:00
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 155
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20 hrs
Dying is less awful than the trappings of death.


Explanation:
A more colloquial rendition, with the syntax reversed for brevity in English.

aj1724
United States
Local time: 19:00
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