Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Pecunia Rerum Regina

This little poem comes from the distichs of Publius Faustus Andrelinus (c. 1460-1518). You can find his hecatodistichon, his "hundred distichs," at Google Books.

Pecunia Rerum Regina
Unica cunctarum regina Pecunia rerum;
Praecipuum magno pro Iove numen habet.

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

Iūppiter, Iovis - Jupiter (Zeus)
praecipuus -a -um: special, particular, excellent
rēgina -ae f.: queen
ūnicus -a -um - one only, sole, singular
cūnctus -a -um: entire all together
habeō habēre habuī habitum: have, hold
māgnus -a -um great
nūmen -inis n.: divine will, deity
pecūnia -ae f.: money
prō: for, on behalf of, in proportion to (+abl.)
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)

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