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LatinEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • fortēs Fortūna adiuvat (Pliny Epistles 6 16)
  • audentīs Fortūna iuvat (Virgil Aeneid 10 284)
  • audentēs deus epse iuvat (Ovid Metamorphoses 10 586)

EtymologyEdit

Literally "(the) strong (ones), Fortune helps." From Terence's comedy play Phormio, line 203. Cited by Cicero in the 1st century BCE as a vetus prōverbium (old proverb).

PronunciationEdit

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈfor.tiːs forˈtuː.na ˈad.ju.wat/, [ˈfɔr.tiːs fɔrˈtuː.na ˈad.jʊ.wat]

ProverbEdit

fortīs Fortūna adiuvat

  1. fortune favors the bold

Usage notesEdit

Often misquoted in English texts as fortēs Fortūna adiuvat, which uses the accusative plural ending -ēs instead of the "Republican" accusative ending -īs. Although grammatically correct, the form ending in -ēs is not the one used in Terence's play.

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