for “to be”; existence; being
clues: In ____ (actually); Being, to Brutus; Latin 101 verb;
being; To be, in old Rome; First word in North Carolina's
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Latin 101 at Iowa State University
quam videri is a Latin phrase meaning "to be, rather than to
seem". It has been used as motto by a number of different
quam videri is the state motto of North Carolina, adopted in
quam videri is found in Cicero's essay "On Friendship"
("De amicitia", chapter 98). "Virtute enim ipsa
non tam multi praediti esse quam videri volunt" (Many are
not so endowed with virtue as they wish to seem).
a few years after Cicero, Sallust used the phrase in his Bellum
Catilinae (54.6), writing that Cato the Younger "esse quam
videri bonus malebat" (He preferred to be good rather than
to seem so).
to both Romans, Aeschylus used a similar phrase in Seven Against
Thebes at line 592, at which the scout (angelos) says of the
seer/priest Amphiaraos: "ou gar dokein aristos, all' enai
thelei" (his resolve is not to seem the best but in fact to
be the best). Plato quoted this line in Republic (361b).
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