Dusty Phrases

Hi! Welcome to “Dusty Phrases.” You will find below an ancient phrase in one language or another, along with its English translation. You may also find the power to inspire your friends or provoke dread among your enemies.

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Obscuris vera involvens


Truth is enveloped by obscurity

This phrase is attributed initially to the Roman writer Virgil. From wiki:

The phrase Obscuris vera involvens means “Truth is enveloped by obscurity“. It is from Virgil‘s Aeneid (VI, 100).

It is also found on an engraving on the title page of Francis Bacon‘s Wisdom of the Ancients (1641 French edition).

The phrase is inscribed on Athena‘s shield and explains the imagery there: the sun (truth) enveloped in clouds (obscurity), but shining through.

Virgil’s The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who fled the fall of Troy and travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. (If you have ever wondered why “Trojans” are used as sports mascots, despite being famous for losing the Trojan War, then Virgil’s poem is a strong part of the explanation.)

Francis Bacon – also mentioned above – is a controversial historical figure, linked to all kinds of conspiracy theories, including the Oak Island mystery. He is sometimes credited as the true author of the works of Shakespeare. He is also linked to some darker conspiracies.

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