Fons et origo

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Fons et origo is a Latin term meaning "source and origin".[1] Typical usage of the term describes Athens as the fons et origo of democracy, or Italy as the fons et origo of classical music. Lancelot Ware (1915–2000), the founder of Mensa, was awarded the honorary title Fons et Origo by the society in 1987.[2]


Collected Works. "I seem to be the fons et origo of all the evil imputed to the [Indian] Congress." (1943) Quoted in Gandhi and Churchill by Arthur Herman, (2008) Bantam Dell, NY, NY

  1. ^ OED "fons et origo": "The source and origin (of something)
  2. ^ Lancelot Ware obituary