Changing with the Times

Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.

Times change, and we change with them.

(lit., Times are changed, and we are changed in them.)

This common quotation is a hexameter:

tempora | mutan|tur j| nos | et mu|tamur In | Illis

It also appears in a form where the et of the second clause is not postponed;

Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis.

The first version is certainly the original, since the second does not scan properly (the syllable -tur would be short before et). ::■■•:■: : A.widely held; notion is thatthis line is from Ovid, as a search of the Internet shows. However, it is neither from Ovid nor from any other classical writer. Its author is, in fact, unknown. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, it first appears in William Harrisons Description of Britain (1577) and is modeled on a saying of a grandson of Charlemagne, the Frankish emperor Lothair I (795-855):

; Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.

All things change, and we change with them.

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