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Melanchthon, the Praeceptor Germaniae himself, must be rolling in his grave to hear that his heirs have given the university the nonsensical Latin motto "Prosteritas per traditio." I tried finding the motto on the university's English and the German websites, but couldn't find it quickly, but surely it must be something more like "Prosperitas per traditionem." There is no Latin word "Prosteritas" and the preposition per takes the accusative, hence traditionem instead of traditio. I have not made the change to the article until I can verify that my emendation is correct, but Melanchthon and company were better Latinists than the motto currently in Wikipedia would seem to suggest.Jkellrmn (talk) 03:11, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
After a little more browsing on the German site, I came across the phrase "Zukunft mit Tradition," which would indicate that the first word should be "Posteritas," not "Prosperitas" as I had suggested and certainly not "Prosteritas" as originally written. Though I have only the German phrase as evidence, I'm going to change the article.Jkellrmn (talk) 03:26, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
I didn't think this question would bug me as much as it did. I rummaged around on the German website for the university, and it seems as if the current motto is really the German "Zukunft mit Tradition," rather than the Latin "Posteritas per traditionem." Presumably the Latin motto is the older one, but the German adaptation has replaced it. And the German is a slight adaptation of the Latin, in that the German mit doesn't quite mean the same as the Latin per. Accordingly, I'll update the motto to reflect what I found on the university website.Jkellrmn (talk) 20:12, 19 April 2012 (UTC)