to map (verb)

Discussion in 'Lingua Latina (Latin)' started by bencham, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. bencham New Member

    uk english
    Hi everyone!

    Can anyone help me?

    I would like to know what the verb 'to map' is in Latin.

    Anyone's help would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks,

  2. Flaminius

    Flaminius coclea mod

    capita Iaponiae
    日本語 / japāniski / יפנית
    Hello bencham,
    ..and welcome to the WR fora. :)

    I am wondering what "to map" means to you — it has a few different meanings. Also, providing some context and background of your enquiry would help others accurately answer your questions.

    Cf. general rule's page.

    Welcome again :)
    Flam, modo
  3. bencham New Member

    uk english
    Hi there,

    Thanks for the reply :)

    The context I am talking about is in the creation of a map. So for example you were to chart an area of sea/land and were then 'to map' this i.e. create a map of what you have found.

    I hope this makes sense.

    Many thanks for any info anyone can help me with!

  4. rainbowizard

    rainbowizard Senior Member

    Italian - Italy
    I think you can use dīmētĭor, dīmētīris, dimensus sum, dīmētīri
    So "to map" would be "chartam dīmētīri"
  5. bencham New Member

    uk english
    Hi rainbowwizard!

    Thanks ever so much for the info!

    Will do so more research into it on the web but that is certainly a start! Anymore suggestions anyone may have would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks,

  6. Cagey post mod (English Only / Latin)

    English - US
    Cassel's dictionary offers another possibility: terrarum situs pingere.

    This refers to the production of the map, rather than the measuring part. You might want to combine it with Rainbow's suggestion, which refers to the measuring: terrarum situs dimetiri et pingere.

    And you could say marium terrarumque, to make it clear that your map is inclusive. This gives us the very imposing:
    marium terrarumque situs dimetiri et pingere*​

    *translation: "to measure and depict the locations of the seas and the lands"
  7. bencham New Member

    uk english
    Thanks all ever so much for your help so far...

    Basically the singer of my band wanted the phrase 'i live, therfore i map' translated into latin - I've managed to clarify with him exactly what he was trying to get at.

    The thing is he has had someone translate as 'vivo ergo carto'.

    Any suggestions once again and I would be much obliged!


  8. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    Whoever gave him that translation gave him rubbish.

    There is no verb "carto, cartare" in Latin.
    "Carto" does NOT mean "I map"; indeed, it doesn't mean much of anything in this context (unless you are trying to express something like "I therefore live by means of a sheet of papyrus", which I don't think is your intention!)

    I will also note that "I live therefore I map" doesn't have all that much meaning in English in the first place. In order to translate something from English to Latin, it is necessary that it have identifiable meaning in its original language, and not be just some cryptic, incomprehensible phrase.
  9. bencham New Member

    uk english
    Hi there greenwhiteblue,

    Thanks for your input on this one also - the reason I continued to persue this was because I thought (no disrespect to the postings so far) that there may be some inconsistencies in what had been given i.e. my own research carried out did not match in any way shape or form.

    As far as a cryptic incomprehensible phrase - I'm afriad the is something often spouted by the lead singer of my band. Perhaps should I get him to define the context a bit more and re-phrase in something a little more literal but still within the scope of what the song is about. If I do this may you be able to help with a translation?

    Many thanks,


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