"Dux femina facti." Publius Vergilius Maro haec verba scripsit primo in libro Aeneidos de Didone, regina urbis Carthaginis. ~ "A woman was the leader of the deed." Publius Vergilius Maro wrote these words in the first book of the Aeneid about Dido, the queen of the city of Carthage.
Every Monday, Dr. Ramos would have each of his classes pick a "verba sapienti" sign from his shoebox stuffed with cards displaying various Latin phrases. "Verba sapienti" means "words to the wise." He taught us the translation and origin of many of the Latin phrases that come up in everyday conversation such as, "vice versa" or "et cetera." One of my favorite verba sapienti was "Dux femina facti." The story of Dido's bravery and strength as told by Virgil (whose real name was Publius Vergilius Maro) inspired the commonplace phrase embodying the spirit of Dido's leadership and courage. Dido founded and led an entire city into prosperity at a time when women were expected to "walk behind the men." At the time it was always a man who was the "leader of the deed," Dido showed that women could be and achieve so much more when she broke all constraints and limitations that the men of Greek society placed on them. I think "Dux femina facti" needs to make a comeback within everyday conversation for no other three word phrase better expresses the power women can possess.