Come Vidi Vici


Veni, vidi, vici is an expression in the Latin language that translates as ‘I came, I saw, I won’, because they are the Latin verbs that come, come (come) vidére (see) and look (triumph) conjugated in the first person past simple perfect.

It is a phrase made famous by Julius Caesar, a Roman consul who lived in the 1st century BC. He voiced it before the Roman Senate to describe his victory at the Battle of Zela. «Veni, vidi, vici» is normally used, then, to designate a quick success, the fact of simply reaching a place and already succeeding. Somehow, it seems like the expression “come and kiss the saint”.

Meanwhile, with the Latin phrase that concerns us, Veni, vidi, vici, we must go back a little in time, more precisely in the year 47 BC. when the Roman military and politician Julius Caesar popularized it at the request of a demonstration that he held in front of one of the most important political institutions of those years corresponding to the late Roman Republic, such as the Roman Senate, and through which he wanted to express the following : I came, I saw and I won.

This sentence, in addition to proclaiming the totality of Julius Caesar’s victory, was intended to remind the senate of his military prowess, as he was confronted by Pompey in a civil war within Rome.

Others therefore speculate that Julius Caesar’s comment was an expression of contempt and disdain for the Senate, which was dominated by patricians, a very powerful class within the Roman Republic and Pompey’s ally.

The cause that triggered the phrase was nothing more and nothing less than the euphoria after defeating the powerful Pharnaces II of Pontus, son of the monarch of this kingdom, Mithridates VI. Before the battle of Zela took place, in which Caesar and his army were victorious, Pharnaces II had defeated the Romans and was certainly harsh with the punishments and humiliation of the soldiers. But Julius Caesar would take revenge by being very energetic and quick in victory, in just five days he won, and with that he knew how to end forever the threat of the Pontics in the region of Asia Minor.

Currently, it is commonly used to mean the vision and speed to reap success in any type of company or purpose. In fact, it is widely used in the world of business and in business, in the legal area and in sports competitions to refer to this way of facing challenges.