αἰώνιον καὶ πρόσκαιρον -> eternal and temporal

loxymoxy

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I have this picture that I want to get a tattoo of but obviously I'd like to know what it says first. If anyone could help me out I'd very much appreciate it.
« Last Edit: 06 Aug, 2011, 16:45:27 by billberg23 »


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This is ancient Greek, so should probably be transferred to the Ancient Greek->English board.
The upper-case motto surrounding the serpent-and-rose motif is ΑΙΩΝΙΟΝ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΟΣΚΑΙΡΟΝ, "ETERNAL AND TEMPORAL (temporary)."  The inscription below says "The soul is like a snake, eternal, but the rose is temporary, and they are both in one and the same mortal."  The last five words are uncertain;  either I'm not deciphering correctly, or it's just very bad Greek.
« Last Edit: 06 Aug, 2011, 07:24:20 by billberg23 »



loxymoxy

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Ah, sorry. Didn't realize it was ancient greek though as I found out looking up the source of this woodcut, it's from a book called Alciato's Emblems from the 16th century.
My bad -__-; but thank you for the translation! Very helpful.


 

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