Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Quis Est?

This is one of the riddles from Wilhelm Binder's Flores Aenigmatum Latinorum (1857).

Quis Est?
Dic mihi, quis quartam totius perdidit orbis
Partem? Cuius erat tam scelerata manus ?

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:

quartus, -a, -um: fourth
scelerātus, -a, -um: criminal, wicked

dīcō dīcere dīxī dictum: say; causam dicere, plead a case; diem dicere, appoint a day
ego meī mihi mē: I, me
manus -ūs m.: hand; band of men
orbis -is m.: circle; orbis terrārum: world
pars partis f.: part
perdō -dere -didī -ditum: destroy
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tam: so
tōtus -a -um: whole, entire

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