What does Flectere Si Nequeo Superos Acheronta Movebo mean?
This statement by Virgil translated means “If I cannot deflect the will of superior powers, then I shall move the River Acheron.” A less literal and much more common translation is “If I cannot deflect the will of heaven, then I shall move hell.” G. K. Rickard’s translation of the Aeneid reads “Hell will I raise, if
Should bend a little heaven I can not I will move Acheron?
Quote :The Aeneid, as quoted in Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams. Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo. [If I cannot bend the heavens above, I will move Hell.] Instead, the world that Freud wanted to “move” was the underworld: “Acheron,” in the line from Virgil, refers to a river surrounding Hades.