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In girum... by Mehrunnisa In girum... by Mehrunnisa
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For those of you who had latin, you might recall this sentence from classes, this sure was a tricky one.

This sentence is a riddle in the form of a palindrome - literally a puzzle inside a puzzle. This particular sentence is called "the devil's verse".

The sentence is difficult to translate because the anonymous Roman author had to use words in uncommon senses in order to make a palindrome. Yet, given that the palindrome is a riddle, it is easy to pick out bad translations.

The answer is a kind of animal. The animal in question has feet but walking is not its best known mode of transportation. Thus, any translation containing the word "walk" is immediately wrong.

People who haven't studied Latin should still be able to pick out the words night, consume and fire, which could make them think that the sentence has some sort of dark, evil meaning.

Interestingly enough, nox and ignis are both third declension i­stem nouns. Nocte is ablative, and igni is dative, which I think are both the correct cases for their usages. Ablative case marks a location while dative case marks an indirect object (or the agent of a passive construction).

In means "in", and et means "and" (as we can so easily understand also by French), Imus means "we go", it is the first­person plural present indicative form of the verb ire (very similar to ir in Portuguese that has the same meaning) "to go". Girum is hard to translate, actually. It can be taken as the accusative singular form of the noun girus, but the catch is that girus was not a commonly used word in classic Latin. Girus is a second declension masculine noun meaning "circle", "cycle", "ring", "orbit" or "course". The derived giro in Italian means "tour", "turn" or "circle". Spanish and Portuguese split the meanings into gira for "tour" and giro for "turn". ("Sunflower" in Spanish is girasol and in Portuguese is girassol.) Since in followed by the accusative means "into", the desired meaning of girum is probably "circle".

Putting it together so far, in girum imus nocte means "we go into the circle by night". Consumimur is a first­person plural present passive form, so consumimur igni means "we are consumed by fire".

We go into the circle by night and are consumed by fire.

:blackrose:

I'm sorry for the ©.
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:iconvillenueve:
Villenueve Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb image and wonderful explanation!
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DarkMoonFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
I have featured this piece in my journal.
If you don´t want to be featured please only note me.
Great work!!
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
Thank you so very much for that, it is a true honour :)
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DarkMoonFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
You are welcomed :hug:
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peterdzign Featured By Owner May 15, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
:wow: bonita foto :clap:
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
:giggle:

Obrigada!
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BassTeT Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
yeah, vampire!!
forever!!.. :blowkiss:
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
;)
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kierrathorn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Beautiful.
My boyfriend has that same pendant, its not purple though. I love it to pieces.
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Thank you, dear :)
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reluctantlymortal Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
very sexy;)
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
Well, thank you ;)
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:iconreluctantlymortal:
reluctantlymortal Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
my pleasure;)
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seiyalover Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006  Student General Artist
Oh, I just love the colors. Awsome pic.
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Thank you, my dear :)
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seiyalover Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Student General Artist
Oh, your very welcome.
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cipher-0x Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
It's GREAT!!! Wow, the colors, it's works so well!
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
Thank you so much :)
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SadisticoShy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006  Professional Photographer
:blackrose:
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006
:)
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:iconrondeaux:
Rondeaux Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006
Brilliant photo and your words are flowing and so descriptive. I guess you write books as well.
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2006
Thank you so much for the words you shared, it is always a pleasure to enter someone else's mind and understand the kind of sensation our humble works leave.

And writing books is a singular expression, I write a book and usually offer it to someone close, I don't keep them for it is part of the process of cleansing my inner self.
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:iconrondeaux:
Rondeaux Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006
You are a really wonderful person and I'm so pleased to "know" you this way.
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2006
I do not know what to say after such a beautiful comment.

:)
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:iconrondeaux:
Rondeaux Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2006
What you do is accept my compliment, because I am always truthful, perhaps one of my few attributes.
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:iconjanicot:
Janicot Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006
awesome as always.do you know that's also the title of a g.debord's movie?
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006
Thank you so much. And, no, I did not, I should try and check it out, then. Do you think I should watch it?
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:iconjanicot:
Janicot Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006
don't know i consider it a very important director but...his movies are more a sovversive revolution than a "classic masterpiece"
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006
I took a look at the script in the internet, I think I may take a look at the film if I find it :)
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Shluh Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
wow this is very expressive

adore the detail on the photo itself , the teeth and the necklace :o
really great vampire vibe, good ol' bram stoker would've loved it ;)
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2006
It is always such a wonderful thing to read comments like the one you wrote, I sure do enjoy knowing which are the elements that make a work of mine relevant.

Thank you so much, this was born from a simple idea and although it is quite an old work, it is something i still like very much.

:aww:
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chaosxdoll Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2006   Photographer
love it
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2006
Thank you :)
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SisterWitch Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
:jawdrop: the whole picture is great but I love the tally in the mouth. I would love to have one of those.
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
It is a very special and beautiful one, indeed.

Thank you so much for the kind words.
:)
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:iconquantumsuz:
QuantumSuz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006
Wow, lovely colours. The red and purple work really well together! Nice fangs too....
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006
Thank you so very much. :)
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lastTrip69 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Its perfect! definitely my favourite picture!!
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
Thank you so very much.

:)
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lastTrip69 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
you are welcome!
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InTenebris Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006
*_* beutiful and stunning, the latin part is very interesting too :heart:
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006
I found it so interestinf that I just had to share it with everone. Thank you for your comment.

:)
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Amalsia-STOCK Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2006   Photographer
great work
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2006
Thank you :)
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:iconleichenhaft:
Leichenhaft Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005   Photographer
Fantástica. Simples,mas eficaz. Os dentes,estão perfeitos,e adoro o seu contraste com os lábios. A textura da pele suave,e delicada... Quanto a mim,perfeita :)
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
Muito obrigada pelo teu comentário, é sempre agradável quando alguém nos diz que o nosso trabalho tem algo de positivo.

:)
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:iconleichenhaft:
Leichenhaft Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005   Photographer
De nada querida. O mérito é todo teu. :nod:
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andrebdois Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
adorei essa fotografia, ficou fantastica!
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:iconmehrunnisa:
Mehrunnisa Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2005
Muito obrigada :)
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farawayland Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2005
this is very good. the colors are great and i love the way it all fades to black :) mt fixe
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