"Paterfamilias matrem servat."

Translation:The head of the house saves the mother.

August 29, 2019



Ok, I just found that familias is the genitive form of familia in archaic latin, after being perplexed by its declension.

August 29, 2019


Yes, it is not *pater familiae.

September 1, 2019


I used "the man of the house" as the closest equivalent to English and was marked incorrect.

September 2, 2019


Why not just translate head of house to "father"?

August 30, 2019


Paterfamilias is not just a father but the eldest person in the household. It can be either father or grandfather.

August 30, 2019


Good q. The past is a foreign country though... the Familias might not have been a nuclear family, but a broader term to include extended relatives from a particular family. I kinda see Don Corleone for the movie The Godfather as a paterfamilias....

September 6, 2019
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