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sapnix: "Ars longa, vita brevis" is a Latin phrase, a translation (by Seneca, De Brevitate Vitae, 1.1) of an aphorism originally by the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, and is one of the sources of the popular English aphorisms "Life is short" and "Life is short, art long." These miss the point of the original which is: "Life is short, but to learn a profession (an art) takes a long time."

In its original form in his Greek work Aphorisms, (sect. I, no. 1) it is “? ß??? ß?a???, ? d? t???? µa???”.

Consider also Chaucer's “The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.” (from Parlement of Foules)

Also, famously, the phrase is put to use by Longfellow in his Psalm of Life:

Art is long and time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still like muffled drums are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
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Ars longa vita brevis

A cache by Sapnix & Meandros Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 09/18/2008
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

[LAT] Dotas koordinates Jus aizvedis uz medicinas vestures muzeju (MVM) Riga.
Muzejs apmekletajiem ir atverts tikai ta darba laika! Tas attiecas ari uz RSU studentiem!!!

[ENG] Given coordinates will lead you to the Medical History Museum in Riga.

[LAT]


Par muzeju:

Paula Stradina Medicinas vestures muzejs ir dibinats 1957.gada un ir viens no trijiem lielakajiem medicinas muzejiem pasaule pec kolekcijas apjoma. Ta pamatekspoziciju veidojis slavenais profesors Pauls Stradinš, kurš sakotneji vaca priekšmetus, lai apmacitu savus studentus. 50 gadu laika, muzeju apmeklejuši vairak ka tris miljoni apmekletaju.

Lai atrastu slepni, Jums bus jaapmekle muzeja pamatekspozicija un janoskaidro šadi jautajumi:


 

A. Cik dienas pec operacijas nodzivoja medicinas muzeja esošais divgalvainais suns?

B. Cik atveres ir maksligaja plauša, kas paredzetas pacienta izmeklešanai?

C. Cik cilveki ir atteloti glezna, kura arsts atbrivo garigi slimos (skaitiet divreiz)?

D. Cik burtu ir suna varda, kurš bijis kosmosa (izbazenis atrodas muzeja)?
 

E. Kura gada Latvija saka izmantot pirmo barokameru? (pirma un pedeja cipara summa)

 Pec tam, kad esat noskaidrojuši atbildes uz visiem jautajumiem, varat atrast patiesas koordinates izmantojot šadu formulu:

 N56 14a+1 . 46b+2c

 E24 1e . dac+57e

Muzejs atverts no otrdienas lidz sestdienai no 11.00-17.00, ceturtdienas no 11.00-19.00. Dažadu pasakumu vai svetku gadijuma muzeja darbalaiks var tikt mainits, tadel pirms došanas iesakam apmeklet muzeja majaslapu (www.mvm.lv), lai precizetu šo informaciju. Muzeja apmeklejums ir par maksu, tomer bez maksas to var apmeklet: ICOM biedri, RSU studenti, citu Latvijas muzeju darbinieki.
NB! Meneša pedeja piektdiena muzejs ir slegts (sanitara diena)!

Slepna tilpums ir 15  2 ml, tas satur  logbook un zimuli. Slepni nav nekada rakstama un tas drizak ir nano izmera neka mikro! Parasti to lieto, lai uzglabatu kimiskas vielas un reagentus. Iespejama koordinašu kluda ~5m del apkartnes ipatnibam. Esiet atri un nemanami! Nolieciet slepni turpat, kur panemat!

Atbildes varat parbaudit pie Geochecker.com.

[ENG]


About the museum:


Paul Stradins Medical History Museum was founded in 1957 and is by far one of the world’s three biggest medical history museums (by the size of the collection). Its main exposition was made by the famous professor Paul Stradins, who collected medical items to educate his students. In 50 years more then three million visitors visited the museum.

To find the cache you will have to visit the museum’s main exposition and find the answers to following questions:

 
A. How many days after the operation did the two-headed dog live? (the stuffed animal is found in the museum)

B. How many round openings for inspection of the patient are there in the iron lung?

C. How many persons are there in the painting that depicts a doctor releasing the mentally ill from their chains?

D. How many letters are there in the name of a dog that has been to space? (the stuffed animal is found in the museum)

E. In what year they started to exploit the first altitude chamber in Latvia? (the sum of the first and the last digit)


When you have found all the answers, you can calculate the final coordinates using the following formula:


N56 14a+1 . 46b+2c

E 24 1e . dac+57e

The museum is open Tuesday till Saturday from 11:00-17:00, Thursday from 11:00-19:00. Due to different events and holidays the working hours of the museum can be changed, that’s why we advise you to visit the museum’s homepage (www.mvm.lv) in advance, to check the information. The entrance in the museum is for pay, but ICOM members, RSU students and staff members of other Latvian museums can enter free of charge.
NB! Museum is closed for visitors every last friday of month.
 

The volume of the cache is 15 2 ml, it contains a logbook and a pencil. There is no pencil in cache! The container is usualy used to store chemical substances and reagents. Possible coordinate deviation is~5m due to the surrounding. Be quick and stealthy! Container size is rather nano than micro!

You can check your answers for this puzzle on Geochecker.com.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

zntargvp

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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