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"MOLON LABE" and Greek Letters

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by python1340, Mar 16, 2003.

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  1. python1340

    python1340 Member

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    I've been thinking of getting a MOLON LABE tattoo in the Greek letters as shown above. I'd like to know why the accent marks are present though. I searched several web sites containing the Greek alphabet and didn't see accent marks. Anyone know the deal?
     
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    I think they're there cause it looks cool.
     
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    This may be a stupid question, but I've been keeping my eyes open for someone else to ask it to no avail.

    How do you pronounce Molon Labe?:confused:
     
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    mo-lone lah-veh
     
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    Thanks.

    BTW that would be a cool tatoo. I would leave out the accent marks if they aren't true to the original language.
     
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    Are the accent marks there just to look cool? Kind of how it was trendy for 80's bands to use umlauts like Motley Crue and Queensryche.
     
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    OK Guys;
    A little mercy please. I'm way out here in the sticks of northern Montana. What's it mean? 900F
     
  8. python1340

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    It means "come and get them", as a challenge to anyone who will come to take your guns away from you.
     
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    Are you the one whose parents didn't want him to get that tattoo? And you wanted it on the back? Why not get a shirt that says this instead? Reasons not to get the marking:

    Your future "hope she'll say yes" wife may not like tattoos.
    Your future children may be embarrassed by them.
    Neighbors may think less of you.
    Your in-laws may hate them.
    You grow old and skin sags -- ink fades.
    They can get infected.
    It may not look cool in a few years.
    You might change your mind.
    It'll never come off -- no, not even with laser.
    Friends and business associates may not think it looks "cool" either.
    A gun would cost less and hurt less...

    I respect you want this but it's a permant reminder of temporary insanity, and I've always thought people who get tattoos ran out of good ideas. There are SO many better ways to spend your money than marking up your body. A beautiful gun would go further but best of luck with whatever you decide.
     
  11. python1340

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    It is WAAAAAY too late for me. :) I'm already quite inked.
     
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    Well one thing for sure, no one can ever doubt your devotion!:cool:
     
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    Arguments against getting a tattoo usually boil down to "other people won't like them." Bottom line: there's nothing more personal, and the choice is yours. If you're ready for the commitment, go for it.
     
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    Future wife may not like guns.

    same as above

     
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    because it's Attic Greek not modern Greek

    Koine (common) Greek, which is what the New Testament and some of the writings of the Early Church Fathers were originally written in did have accents. So I believe did Attic Greek, which would be the classical Greek in which the history of the Greeks vs the Persians was originally written.
     
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    Here's mine
     
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    I think it would be a darn cool tatoo!!!
    As far as accents I'd go with historical accuracy whichever way it proves to be.

    However, I'd be prepared to hear "Were you in a frat?"
     
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    Is the first "O" in Molon supposed to be an "O" or an omega? I've seen it both ways...
     
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    Molon Labe

    Actually I believe a more accurate translation is "They are here", either way the meaning is the same.

    Another good quote from Thermopylae; when the Spartans were told the Persians would put so many arrows in the air at the same time they would blot out the sun, the reply was "Good, then we can fight in the shade".
     
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    I would go back to the drawing board on those characters judging by the statue at Thermopylae. They ought to know.

    Leonidas also said, "Today we carve out our own omens," just before the battle.
     
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    Well...since your beyond hope...:D , I'd say go for it if it's what you want. The only thing I'd advise is to put it where you can see it. I don't understand the point of putting tattoos where you can't see them. Again, best of luck.:)
     
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    A little OT but "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressman is a fantastic account of Thermopylea. That tat is sweet, I would ink my whole body if it werent for Mrs. Wilhelm.


    Wilhelm
     
  24. python1340

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    RAMMUNITION-

    I thought the Omega character wasn't used for the first "O" ?

    Looks cool though.
     
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    Anyone have a close-up of the words on the statue?
     
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