Antiquity keeps a lot of mysteries. Surprisingly, some words, going from one language to another, live for several thousand years.
An example of this - Latin, which was the basis for many modern languages.
Etymology (history of the origin of the word)
"Ave" (from the Latin Ave or Aue) - literaltranslation traditional Roman forms of greeting and farewell. The word is derived from the Latin verb aveo, which means "good health" - in the form of the imperative verb is transformed into ave, which can be translated as the wishes of good health and long life. Russian greeting "hello" is a literal translation of the Roman ave.
It is believed that the greeting «ave» - is a derivative of the word from the Latin
«Avis» - bird. In particular, the Spanish word exists in that sense.
Rare words from the dead ancient languages reachunchanged to the present day. Usually the word is transformed beyond recognition, and only an experienced linguist may find in it traces of producing roots. However, the greeting "Hail!" Remained unchanged thanks to what has become a familiar expression. In ancient Rome, gladiators, leaving the battlefield, welcomed the Emperor seated on the podium shouting «Ave, Caesar, morituri te salutant», which literally means "Hello, Caesar! Going to die salute you. "
Synonymous welcome "Ave" may be the Latin "viva" which means "hello", "Glory."
When pronouncing sentence Caesar greeting amonggladiators used to be dramatically toss straight right hands vertically or at an angle relative to the ground. Demonstration of your right hand to the Emperor proved that man is not hiding weapons that could cause harm to the governor. The same gesture used the army of the Roman legions, welcoming the commander. This etiquette action was called "Roman salute", derived from the Latin "salutant" - a greeting.
Antique respect gesture widelyspread across continents. For example, in the late 19th century, with its help it was given the oath of allegiance to the American flag, and a few decades later, Hitler borrowed the Roman salute and introduced it into their army, hoping to acquire this ritual and military might of the ancient Romans.
Glorification of the Virgin
The Christian world community especiallyassociates the word "Ave" with the famous prayer of Our Lady of "Ave Maria." The name dates back to the prayer greeting that the archangel Gabriel announced their presence to the Virgin Mary during the Annunciation. In this case, the word "! Ave Maria" will mean "Hail Mary" - at that time the virgin descends revelation that she would bear the son of God.