Sunday, July 31, 2011

Epitaphium Servi Mortui

This is one of the Latin epigrams of the Renaissance scholar and Catholic saint, Sir Thomas More.

Epitaphium Servi Mortui
Hic servus dum vixit, erat; nunc mortuus idem,
Non quam tu, Dari Magne, minora potest.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

Dārīus (Dārīī, m.): Darius, king of Persia
epitaphium (epitaphiī, n.): epitaph

dum: while (+ indic.); until (+ subj.); provided that (+ subj.)
īdem eadem idem: the same
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
māgnus -a -um great
minus -oris n.: a smaller number or amount, less; (adv.) minus: to a smaller extent, less
morior morī mortuus sum: die
nōn: not
possum posse potuī: be able
quam: how?; (after comparative) than
servus -ī m.: slave
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live

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