Latin expressions explained (7): acta fabula est.

Latin expressions explained (7): acta fabula est.

This Latin phrase originates from the end of performances in ancient Roman theater. It was spoken at the end of the show to signal to the audience that it was time to leave.

The phrase has passed into posterity, as it constitutes the last words of the first Roman emperor, Augustus (-27, 14). He meant to say that the end of his role as emperor was approaching, that his performance was finished.

Therefore, « acta fabula est » (or « acta est fabula ») can be used in various situations to express the end of a process, an episode, an adventure, or a job…

I have enjoyed working with you all these years, but now I am retiring, acta fabula est.

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