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Who Said the Famous Phrase ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici’ and What Does It Mean

Batul Nafisa Baxamusa Apr 24, 2019
The phrase ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici’ has often been used creatively in music, literature, entertainment, etc. But do you know what is the meaning of Veni Vidi Vici? Let's find out what this phrase means and who said it first.

Who Said It For The First Time?

Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was known for his brave escapades as well as his sarcastic wit. He was the one to whom Veni, Vidi, Vici is attributed.

What Does Veni, Vidi, Vici Mean?

Julius Caesar’s choice of words had a great impact on the minds of classical historians. It had an air of brevity to it. It simply meant ‘I Came, I Saw, I Conquered’.

Why Did Julius Caesar Say Veni Vidi Vici?

Around 47 BC, Julius Caesar had to march to Pontus with 20,000 men. This is because the king of Pontus, Pharnaces II was brewing troubles in several Roman provinces. Caesar defeated Pharnaces in the Battle of Zela. According to Appian, he wrote back a letter to the Roman Senate with the phrase ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici’, to convey a swift victory in a short battle.

How Did Julius Caesar Say Veni Vidi Vici?

Well, definitely he may have said it with style! Jokes apart, according to experts on ancient linguistics, the letter V was pronounced as W; the way we pronounce it today, and the letter C as K. So, Julius Caesar may have actually spoken the quote as ‘Weni, Widi, Wiki’.

He Came, He Saw and He Conquered

Julius Caesar was definitely a great personality who came up with many witty quotes and phrases. Veni, Vedi, Vici has been used widely in different contexts till date and will definitely remain as one the favorite phrases to be used in creative contexts in the future as well.