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Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas

Posted in Uncategorized by suzanne_tumblr on May 26th, 2010 | BBC Wikipedia


Does anyone know whether “Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas” would be the correct punctuation? And if it translates as “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity” or “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” (the internet seems to be giving mixed information and this is pretty damn important)?

“Vanitas” is nominative singular feminine 3rd declension and therefore “vanitatum” is its genitive plural form. 

So: “Vanity of vanities” and then “everything is vanity”.

However, I don’t necessarily think that the modern-day English “vanity” gets all the aspects of “vanitas” right. It’s a very complex term in Latin. 

Anyhoo, I would go completely without any punctuation whatsoever and have it all in uppercase. 

After all, you don’t wanna fuck with the Romans. Trust me. 

Is it for your art project? Good luck! x


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