Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Non est ista recens...

Here is today's distich by Martial, 14.93. Mentor was the most famous silver-engraver of classical Greece and his name still exerted a mystique in Martial's time, as you can see in this poem.

Non est ista recens nec nostri gloria caeli:
Primus in his Mentor, dum facit illa, bibit.


Here is the vocabulary:

non - not, no
sum - be, exist
iste - that, that one
recens - fresh, recent
nec - and not
noster - our
gloria - glory, glorious achievement
caelum - engraver's chisel
primus - first
in - in
hic - this, this one
Mentor - Mentor
dum - while, when
facio - make
ille - that, that one
bibo - drink

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