Sunday, May 29, 2011

Aurum Croesi Sapiens Superat

Here is a distich by Michele Verinus:

Aurum Croesi Sapiens Superat
Si fueris sapiens, Croesi superaveris aurum,
Nam sapiens nullo tempore vivit inops.

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

Croesus (Croesī, m.): Croesus, king of Lydia
inops (inopis): needy, lacking, destitute

aurum -ī n.: gold
nam or namque: for, indeed, really
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
sapiens -ntis.: wise man
sī: if
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
superō -āre: overcome, surpass, defeat
tempus -oris n.: time
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live