Genz and the updated generation are open to using sophisticated languages and their idioms in their day-to-day conversation Hence, this makes us more prone to learn new languages. Among the several popular and classic languages is Latin, a classic Italian language, and its several proverbs.
Many of us would be aware of the Carpe Diem proverb! (seize the day) and Illegitimi non carborundum (don’t let the bastards grind you down). Along with how inspiring they are, they can be used in our conversations for a more intellectual personality. But, have you heard another fancy proverb, Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat and are not sure about its translation? Don’t worry as this article brings you an easy translation following with an interesting background of the proverb.
What does fortis fortuna adiuvat mean?
Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat and its different variations, is a fancy yet frequently used Latin proverb translated as “Fortune favours the strong, Fortune favours the brave.” It was formerly used by Terence’s 151 BC Comedy play, Phormio; it was in line 203. Furthermore, the Roman poet, Ovid, imitated a similar phrase in his book series, Ars Amatoria, writing “Audentum Forsque Venusque iuvat” which is translated as, “Venus, like Fortune, favours the gold.”
Its other variations like Audentes Fortuna Iuvat, were largely used as a slogan during the entire Western Civilisation. Typically it was used to celebrate and explain the works of bravery. The proverb ended up so popular that it was featured on the coats of arms of the individual’s families and respective clans.
Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat Tattoo
Soon after John Wick’s (a fictional character) tattoo went viral, his fans went crazy searching for “Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat John Wick”. Not only this but many individuals decided to ink the same tattoo across their body. For those who are unknown, the prominent proverb “Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat” means “Fortune’s favour the strong.”
Meanwhile, along with the famous back tattoo of John Wick, you can find several ideas and fonts for the tattoo on the Internet.
Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat Pronunciation
Along with its significance and historical aspects, many are unaware of the pronunciation of the phrase. Hence, we have provided a guide on how to pronounce Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat,
- (Classical) IPA: /ˈfor.tiːs forˈtuː.na ˈad.i̯u.u̯at/, [ˈfɔrt̪iːs̠ fɔrˈt̪uːnä ˈäd̪i̯uː̯ät̪]
- (modern Italianate Ecclesiastical): /ˈfor.tis forˈtu.na ˈad.ju.vat/, [ˈfɔrt̪is forˈt̪uːnä ˈäd̪juvät̪]
Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat is a sophisticated phrase that anyone can use for writing an inspirational speech or narrating or conversing in a standard manner. Along with it if you are not aware of the meaning and the importance of the context, you can refer to this article and the content.
Meanwhile, no, fortune does not favour the bold. However, it always favours the bold decisions which you are going to make to achieve your fortune. So, always analyse your important decisions and always believe in them to achieve good fortune. And, if you are not good with analysis, just trust your inner gut. It will always lead you to a bolder and more accurate path.