Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Maior Post Otia Virtus

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Maior Post Otia Virtus
Materiam rebus sapiens intra otia quaerit,
Cum stultus, perdens rem, simul ipse perit.

Source: Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), Farrago, 4.43. Meter: Elegiac.

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:

stultus, -a, -um: foolish, silly; fool

cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
intrā: within (+ acc.)
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
māior -ius: greater, older; maiōres -um: ancestors
māteria -ae f.: material, subject matter; timber, lumber
otium -iī n.: leisure
perdō -dere -didī -ditum: destroy
pereō -īre -iī -itum: perish, be lost
post: after (adv. and prep. +acc.)
quaerō -rere -sīvī-situm: seek, inquire
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
sapiens -ntis.: wise man
simul: at the same time
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue

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