Translation / Melioribus Utere Fatis

Posted by Bruce Kahl on August 10, 2001

In Reply to: Translation / Melioribus Utere Fatis posted by Suzi Riddle on August 10, 2001

: I have a small silver bell from Capri circa 1944 with the inscription "Melioribus utere fatis" on one side. It resembles other such bells purchased by soldiers of W.W.II while on R&R in Capri from the San Michele chapel. St. Michael, known as the Warrior Angel is said to be the patron saint of those who defend the rightous, hence he was a popular saint with soldiers.
: On the reverse of this partictular bell it reads "La Campanina Di Capri."
: Any help will be appreciated, Suzi

The quote is from the Aeneid by Virgil, book 6, line 546:

"...I decus, i, nostrum; melioribus utere fatis!"
which, within the work, translates to:
"...born to better fates than I have found."

The Aeneid follows the legend of Aeneas from the last day of Troy up to Aeneas' victory and the fusion of Trojans and Latins into one people.

Your other quote, "La Campanina Di Capri.", translates to "The Campanina of Capri". That could be a restaurant, I don't know.

The image is of the San Michele chapel.