Friday, March 9, 2012

Arte Et Marte


376     -     377     -     378


Arte Et Marte
Sunt duo qui faciunt ut rex in honore sit: Ars Mars;
   Gloria ab arte venit, gloria Marte venit.


When Mars, and Pallas, doe agree
Great workes, by them, effected bee.

Source: Gabriel Rollenhagen (1583-1619), Nucleus, 68, with an English rendering by George Wither. Meter: Elegiac. You can see the god of war, Mars, on the left, with the goddess Minerva (Pallas Athena), as the divine embodiment of art, skill, and wisdom on the right.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

There are two (sunt duo) who make it (qui faciunt) so that a king (ut rex) is honored (in honore sit): Skill, War (Ars Mars); glory (gloria venit) comes from  skill (ab arte), glory comes by war (gloria marte venit).

Mars (Martis, m.): Mars, god of war, war

ā ab abs: from, by (+abl.)
ars artis f.: skill
duo: two
et: and
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
glōria -ae f.: glory, fame
honor -ōris m.: honor, glory; office, post
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
rēx rēgis m.: king
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)
veniō venīre vēnī ventum: come




(the emblem is by Rollenhagen)

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