Words at Play : Top 10 Latin Words to Live By

#10: Aere Perennius

What It Means:

"more lasting than bronze"

Where It Comes From:

In the final poem in his third book of Odes, Horace boasts that his poetry will outlive any manmade monument: "Exegi monumentum aere perennius." ("I have made a monument more lasting than bronze.")

Given that his words continue to be used two thousand years later, perhaps he's right.

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