Latin Saying: Urbem latericium invenit, marmorea reliquit

Urbem latericium invenit, marmorea reliquit.

Found a city of bricks, left a city of marble.

Urbem= city
latericium= brick
invenit= found
marmorea= marble
reliquit= leave

This was said of Augustus Caesar. He made Rome a thing of beauty.

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3 thoughts on “Latin Saying: Urbem latericium invenit, marmorea reliquit”

  1. Hmmm? I am straining to come out with a Latin witticism for present day San Francisco. Hint: to be accurate as to the new ubiquitous decorating material there (known, interestingly enough, as bricks in certain epithets) it must contain the Latin “reliquit stercore.”

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  2. civil westman:
    Hmmm? I am straining to come out with a Latin witticism for present day San Francisco. Hint: to be accurate as to the new ubiquitous decorating material there (known, interestingly enough, as bricks in certain epithets) it must contain the Latin “reliquit stercore.”

     

    stercore= filth, manure

    Sad to see the good go bad.

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