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In terms, vis (LH:28), from the Greek Is (ις) (NE:210), refers to the divine force that the goddess Venus (Greek prescript: Aphrodite; Egyptian pre-prescript: Hathor) put into humans to give them “vita” (aka life); a Roman translate of the Greek rescript of the divine Milky Way "light force" of the Egyptian ankh of Hathor (3100BC).


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Terms derived from or related to vis include: survive, survival, vegetable, vitalism, vitality, vis viva (living force), vivacious, vivida vis, alive, living, life, afterlife.


The following are quotes:

“The poets, in that they say that the very seed fell from the sky into the sea and Venus was born ‘from the foam masses’, through the conjunction of fire and moisture, are indicating that the vis or ‘force’ which they have is that of Venus [Aphrodite]. Those born of vis have what is called vita, ‘life’, and that is what is meant by Lucilius (c.120BC) when he says: ‘life is force you see: to do everything force doth compel us’.”
Marcus Varro (c.50BC), On the Latin Language: On the Science and Origin of Words, Addressed to Cicero, Volume One (pg. 61) [1]
“The Latins used the V, and so formed vita, vivere, vivax, victus, vicło, vis, vigor, vigeo, and a thousand more; as also the derivatives we have adopted from that language, vivacity, violent, vivid, etc. Vossius [c.1630] (RMS:23)[2], able to get no further than the Greek, deduces vita from βιοτη [?]: but βιος (bios), ‘life’; βια (bia), ‘violence’, βιαηοπαι [?], βιοω [?], all come from one primitive, as also Greek ις (Is), the vis of the Latins, ιςχνς, is ιςχνρος, only by suppressing the aspirate.”
John Callander (1782), Two Scottish Poems (pg. 19) [3]

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  1. (a) Varro, Marcus. (c.50BC). On the Latin Language: On the Science and the Origin of Words, Addressed to Cicero, Volume One (pg. 61), Volume Two (editor: G.P. Goold). Harvard University Press, 1938.
    (b) Fisher, Jay. (2014). The Annals of Quintus Ennius: and the Italic Tradition (vis est vita, pg. 152). JHT Press.
  2. Gerardus Vossius – Wikipedia.
  3. James V (of Scotland). (c.1540). Two Scottish Poems: the Gaberlunzie-man, and Christ’s Kirk on the Green, with Notes and Observations (notes and observations by John Callander) (pgs. 19-20). Publisher, 1782.
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