Sunday, January 22, 2012


Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 2.12. The title of the poem, Troynovant, refers to the legend of London as the "New Troy," or "Troia Newydd." You can read more about this legend at Wikipedia, and also about the legend of the phoenix being born again from its own ashes.

Ex cinere ut Phoenix Phoenicis nascitur alter,
Londinium Troiae prodiit e cinere.

As Phoenix Ashes do the Phoenix breed,
So from old Troy new London did proceed.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are three words which are not on the DCC list, plus the name of London itself:

Londinum - London
phoenix, phoenīcis m. - phoenix
prōdeo, prōdīre, prōdiī, prōditum - go forth, come out, spring up
Troia - Troy

alter altera alterum: other of two
cinis cineris m./f.: ashes, embers
ex, ē: out of, from (+ abl.)
nāscor nāscī nātus sum: be born; nātus, son
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)

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