|American Proto-Indo-European to Latin-Greek linguistic evolution scholar Jay Fisher’s synopsis of Roman scholar Marcus Varro (116-27BC) and his On the Latin Language implicit etymological assertion that Roman satirist Gaius Lucilius (180-103BC), in his assertion that “vis est vita, vides, nos facere omnia cogit” (i.e. “life is force you see: to do everything that force doth compel us”), is some type of truncation of the poetical-mythologic Greco-Roman notion that through the conjunction of fire and moisture, “life” (vita) is something given to children by the “force” (vis) of the goddess Venus, the Roman version of the older Greek goddess Aphrodite. |
Terms | Derivatives
Common etymological derivative of Vita include: vital energy, vital force, vital heat, vitalism, or curriculum vitae (CV), Latin for “course of one’s life” (1902). 
One example, of semi-recent terminological usage is French philosopher Pierre Gassendi’s 1647 book De vita, moribus, et doctrina Epicuri libri octo (On the Life, Customs [Character-Behavior-Morals], and Doctrines of Epicurus Book Eight), which acted to revive the life, work and atomic theory views of Epicurus.
The following are related quotes:
“The poets, through the conjunction of fire and moisture, are indicating that the vis, ‘force’, which they have is that of Venus [Aphrodite]. Those born of vis have what is called vita, ‘life’, and that is what is meant by Lucilius (c.120BC) when he says: ‘life is force you see: to do everything force doth compel us’.”— Marcus Varro (c.50BC), On the Latin Language
1. Curriculum vitae – Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 2000.
2. (a) Fisher, Jay. (2014). The Annals of Quintus Ennius and the Italic Tradition (vis est vita, pg. 152). JHT Press.
(b) Gaius Lucilius – Wikipedia.
(c) Venus – Wikipedia
(d) Aphrodite – Wikipedia.
(e) Lucretius. (55BC). De Rerum Natura Libri Sex: Explanatory Notes (vis est vita, pg. 15) (editor: Hugh Munro (Ѻ)). Deighton Bell, 1886.
(f) Ennius – Wikipedia.
(g) John “Jay” Fisher (faculty) – Branford College.