sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt

This line is taken from the Aeneid written by the Roman poet, Virgil in the 1st century BC.  As Aeneas gazed upon a mural in a Carthaginian temple, he is said to have wept at pictures of the destruction of the Trojan War and the death of his fellow countrymen and friends. He is overcome by the frailty of human life and the pity of war. Translated from the Latin, this line reads:

“There are tears in things and mortality touches the mind.”

sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt

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~ by irwin on June 10, 2010.

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