Archives for March 27th, 2009

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Mar

Juvenal emended by shoe maker

This has just cropped up on the Latinteach list and I thought our readers might like to see it.

It comes quickly at the end, but ASICS says that their name is an acronym for ‘Anima Sana In Corpore Sano’:

New Asics Commercial

We’re all of course more familiar with Juvenal’s original, where he first asks, “will people then pray for nothing? If you want my advice …” (Sat. X. 346), and advises that we leave most of it up to the gods. Instead:

orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.

It strikes me that the line, often shortened to omit the first four words, fills a single verse and works so well in isolation. It’s as if Juvenal wrote the line with an ear for what it has become: an oft-quoted aphorism.