Thursday, April 12, 2007

Pax Intrantibus, Exeuntibus Salus

An old inscription above many a threshold.

Pax intrantibus
can only be translated as "Peace to those who enter," there is no single translation for Exeuntibus Salus that does it justice. Salus is one of those words with a panoply of meanings, among them: well-being, physical and emotional health, fortune, salvation, safety.

Perhaps the best translation would be "Peace unto those who enter; Health, wealth and happiness unto those who leave."

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