Monday, October 25, 2010

Verbum Hodiernum: PATRIA

Today's word is PATRIA (gen. patriae), meaning "fatherland" or "homeland, native country." This is actually the feminine form of an adjective, patrius, which you can see in other uses as well. For example, Cicero can refer to the patrius sermo (what we would call your "mother tongue") and a nomen patrium is a patronymic, a name based on your father's name (as when Aeneas is called Anchisides, from the name of his father Anchises). Far and away the most common usage of this word, however, is as the feminine noun patria.

Here are some examples of today's word in Latin sayings and proverbs; for more information, see the page at the Scala Sapientiae, which contains notes on some of the proverbs cited below, as well as additional proverbs:

Ibi patria, ubi bene.

Dulce pro patria vivere.

Ubi bonum, mihi patria.

Non sibi, sed patriae.

Pro rege saepe, pro patria semper.

Ducit amor patriae.

Patria est ubi bene est.

Patria est ubi bene sit cuique.

Vincet amor patriae.

Patria mea totus hic mundus est.

Dulce pro patria mori.

Dulce pro patria periculum.

Sua cuique cara patria.

Patria cara, carior fides.

Roma communis nostra patria est.

Patria est communis omnium nostrum parens.

Homo non sibi soli natus, sed patriae.

Illic enim patria est, ubi tibi sit bene.

Sapientis est carere patria.

Patria sua cuique iucundissima.

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