Manes Palinuri placandi sunt

pgibson2004

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Hi All,

Can somebody please tell me the English meaning of the phrase:

"Manes Palinuri placandi sunt"

Thanks all for your help. Much appreciated.

Peter
 

Chamaeleo

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Re: help required

It means that the shades of the dead are to be appeased. This ‘Palinuri’ thing is presumably a proper noun, perhaps in the genitive. Where did you get this from?
 

pgibson2004

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Re: help required

Hi there...thanks for your response....it is from the Robert Hughes Autobiography "Things I didn't know". Hughes is talking about his late father and how he didn't know his father very well because he died before Hughes was a teenager. Hughes states: "If I had known him [his father] as an adult, his memory would have been less scary and much closer." Then Hughes uses the Latin phrase which I enquired about. Does that help to get the translation more precise? Thanks again for your help...Cheers, Peter
 

Chamaeleo

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Re: help required

OK, it means ‘the shade/ghost of Palinurus must be appeased’.

It is a paraphrase of an extract from Servius’ commentaries on the Æneid, which reads, ‘respondit ōrāculum mānēs Palinūrī esse plācandōs’.
 
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