victrix causa diis placuit sed victa Catoni

the victorious cause pleased the gods, but the conquered cause pleased Cato

Notes

Lucan, Pharsalia 1, 128. Dedication on the south side of the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Words

  • causacase, case at law, cause, condition, interest, law, motive, pretext, reason, situation
  • sedand indeed, but, what is more