Saturday, July 30, 2011

Philo Domi Non Cenat

Here is a distich by Martial, 5.47:

Philo Domi Non Cenat
Numquam se cenasse domi Philo iurat, et hoc est:
Non cenat, quotiens nemo vocavit eum.

Jack boasts he never dines at home,
With reason too, no doubt:
In truth, Jack never dines at all,
Unless invited out.
- Anon.

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

cēnō, cēnāre, cēnāvai: dine, eat dinner
Philo (Philōnis, m.): Philo

domus -ūs f.: house, home
et: and
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
is ea id: he, she, it
iūrō -āre: take an oath, swear; iūs iūrandum, oath
nēmo: no one (gen. nullius, dat. nulli, abl. nullo or nulla > nullus -a -um)
nōn: not
numquam: never
quotiēns: how many times?
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vocō -āre: call

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