What does ante lucem mean in English?
it means something like 'before the light'
I can only use the RAF (Royal Air Force) version for 38 Squadron, their motto was 'Ante Lucem' which translated as 'Before the Dawn' as most of their missions were flown at this time. I Only know this as my father served with them 1943-46.
Prima as an adverb, posta as a noun and alzare la posta as a verb are Italian equivalents of the English word "ante." Specifically, the adverb prima means "ante, before." The feminine noun posta means "ante, gambling stake." The verb alzare la posta literally means "to raise the ante." The respective pronunciations are "PREE-mah," "POH-stah" and "ahl-TSAH-reh lah POH-stah."