Thursday, March 8, 2012

Martial 5.43: Dentes

Here is today's distich by Martial, 5.43. You can find an English verse version plus English vocabulary below.

Thais habet nigros, niveos Laecania dentes.Quae ratio est? Emptos haec habet, illa suos.

Kate's teeth are black, white lately Bell's are grown:
Bell buys her teeth, and Kate still keeps her own.
- Hodgson

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

emo, emere, ēmī, emptum - buy
Laecania - proper name
niveus -a -um - snowy, snow (adj.)
Thais - proper name

dēns dentis m.: tooth
habeo -ēre -uī habitum: have, hold
hic, haec, hoc: this; hōc, on this account
ille, illa, illud: that
niger nigra nigrum: black
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
ratio -ōnis f.: method, plan, reason
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own

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