Hartebeestpoort Dam Triumphal Arch
FW SCOTT: Contractor
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It has also been attributed to TG ELLIS who's wife Elizabeth Robertson had a Masters degree in classics from Edinburgh University and who advised on the correct Latin inscription on the archway built over the centre part of the Hartebeestpoort dam wall which was erected to provide structural mass to the wall's water-retaining strength (Ellis 1986).
The two inscriptions on the eastern and western sides of the Hartbeespoort arch were mottoes of the Department of Irrigation at
the time.14 The first inscription is from the Vulgate translation of Isaiah 43.19-21:
The second inscription consists of an abbreviated version (sine aqua arida ac misera agri cultura 'without water agriculture is dry and harsh') of the first sentence of M.
Terentius Varro’s Res Rusticae. The full version is:
(LATIN IN SOUTH AFRICA: TWO INSCRIPTIONS ON THE HARTBEESPOORT COMMEMORATIVE ARCH. J Hilton, University of Natal, Durban)
Additional information for this entry was supplied by Konrad Voges, August 2018.
See also Hartebeestpoort Dam