Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

Origin of: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

Like carpe diem this aphorism from the Roman poet Horace (65-8 BC) is better known in the original Latin than its English translation, “It is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country.” These same Latin words were engraved on the walls of the chapel at Sandhurst Military Academy in 1913 but after the 1914-18 War, the words would become infamous as ‘the old lie’ in the savage imagery of the poem by Wilfred Owen with the same Latin title.