We're not suggesting that you need to learn Latin – although learning news things is always good. However, there is a long tradition of freedom-loving patriots formulating their slogans in Latin ("Audemus jura nostra defendere") or Greek ("Molon Labe"). So while you don't have to be able to read The Aeneid or The Odyssey in the original language, there are some key phrases you should know so that you can recognize an ally by his bumper sticker in the wild.
The penchant for classical language has a variety of sources. First, there is the affinity of patriots with the republics of the ancient world – the Greek democracies, yes, but the Roman Republic in particular. Second, there is the tendency of the Founding Fathers to be products of the classical education tradition. Thus, they had more than a working knowledge of the languages of antiquity. Third, they just sound cool.
Here's a list of some of our favorite phrases in Latin and Greek for patriots to know.
Latin Phrases Used in the U.S. Military
"Sic semper tyrannis"
Thus always to tyrants, U.S. Navy 149th Fighter Squadron
"De oppresso liber"
To liberate the oppressed, U.S. Army Green Berets
"Legibus armisque devoti"
Devoted to law and arms, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency
This we guard, U.S. Army Military District of Washington
"Hiemes oppugnamus et montes superamus"
We battle cold and conquer mountains, U.S. Army Northern Warfare Training Center
"Nous resterons la"
We shall remain there, U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division
Always first, U.S. Army 1st Infantry Regiment
"Noli me tangere"
Don't tread on me, U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Regiment
"Volens et potens"
Willing and able, U.S. Army 7th Infantry Regiment
Loyalty to country, U.S. Army 8th Infantry Regiment
"Firmiter et fideliter"
Steadfastly and faithfully, U.S. Army 377th Field Artillery Regiment
Nothing stands in our way, U.S. Army 557th Artillery Group
"Ex alis pugnamus"
We fight on wings, U.S. Army 3rd Aviation Regiment
Eternal vigilance, U.S. Army 4th Aviation Regiment
Ready to respond, U.S. Army 16th Aviation Battalion
Powerful in arms, mighty in battle, U.S. Army 40th Armored Brigade
Stand firmly, U.S. Army 77th Armor Regiment
Always loyal, U.S. Marine Corps
We build, we fight, U.S. Navy
Liberty we defend, U.S. Air Force 2nd Bomb Wing
Ready to defend, U.S. Air Force 6th Air Mobility Wing
"Mors ab alto"
Death from above, U.S. Air Force 7th Bomb Wing
"Toujours au danger"
Ever into danger, U.S. Air Force 17th Bombardment Wing
"In alis vincimus"
On wings we conquer, U.S. Air Force 19th Airlift Wing
"Tutor et ultor"
I protect and avenge, U.S. Air Force 49th Tactical Fighter Wing
"Non sibi sed aliis"
Not for self, but for others, U.S. Air Force 308th Armament Systems Wing
Always above, U.S. Space Force
Latin Phrases Used in Patriotic America
"Vince aut morire"
"In hoc signo vinces"
"Si vis pacem, para bellum"
"Audentes fortuna juvat"
"Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem"
"Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito"
Philosophical Latin Phrases
"Scientia potentia est"
"Sic parvis magna"
"Res ipsa loquitur"
"Quis custodiet ipsos custodies?"
"Primum vivere, deinde philosophari"
"Nicholas nassem talib"
Latin Phrases Used by American States
"Stella quarta decima"
The fourteenth star, once used by Vermont, the 14th state
"Audemus jura nostra defendere"
We dare defend our rights, Alabama state motto
Latin Phrases Patriots Should Know: Patriotic Latin Phrases and Their Translations originally appeared in The Resistance Library at Ammo.com.