Saturday, July 30, 2011

Quid Est?

This is one of the riddles collected by Nikolaus Reusner, which you can read online at the University of Mannheim.

Quid Est?
Unica semper avis, pater et sibi filius ipsa,
Morte sua vitam dat sibi sola novam.

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

phoenix (phoenīcis, m.): phoenix
ūnicus, -a, -um: one only, singular

avis -is f.: bird
dō dare dedī datum: give
et: and
filia -ae f.; filius -ī m.: daughter; son
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
mors mortis f.: death
novus -a -um: new
pater patris m.: father, ancestor
semper: always, ever
sōlus -a -um: only, alone; sōlum (adv.), only, merely
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
vīta -ae f.: life

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