Good Friend

Discussion in 'Lingua Latina (Latin)' started by Sundance204, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. Sundance204 New Member

    English
    Salutations,

    I am looking for the latin translation for "good friend", as in best friend or man's best friend.

    My dog (he) just passed and would like to use the latin phrase of "good friend" as a sort of epitaph. I can't think of a better way to describe and honour the most loyal pal I've had.

    Thanks for your time and I would be happy to clarify any concerns.

    Regards,

    Tristan
     
  2. Sundance204 New Member

    English
    I might add that I did not trust the online 'bot' translators. I would prefer a human translator whom can discern context. Thanks again.
     
  3. djmc Senior Member

    France
    English - United Kingdom
    There is nothing wrong with amicus bonus which is the obvious translation.
     
  4. dubitans Senior Member

    Vienna, Austria
    German - Austria
    No, it's not the obvious translation for an epitaph.

    IN MEMORIAM AMICI BONI
    or
    HIC IACET AMICVS BONVS
    or
    ​AMICO BONO

    Wait, why not best friend?

    IN MEMORIAM AMICI OPTIMI
    or
    HIC IACET AMICVS OPTIMVS
    or
    AMICO OPTIMO
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2013
  5. ablativ Senior Member

    German(y)
    What about:

    in memoriam amicissimi mei ?

    It was Sundance's best friend, after all. And he (the dog) was his (Sundance's) best friend - not anybody's.

    (amicissimus = best friend)

    ​My sympathy for the loss of your dog!
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013
  6. dubitans Senior Member

    Vienna, Austria
    German - Austria
    This is perfect. I didn't think of this form.
     
  7. Sundance204 New Member

    English
    Would it be possible to say "our best friend". I shared the dog with my brother. Thanks for the help and condolences.

     
  8. Schimmelreiter

    Schimmelreiter Senior Member

    Deutsch
    in memoriam amicissimi nostri
     
  9. fdb Senior Member

    Cambridge, UK
    French (France)
    If you want a real Roman-style epitaph you could go for:
    D M S
    AMICISSIMI
     

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