Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fama Aere Dulcior

This rhyming distich comes from the Florilegium Gottingense edited by Voigt.

Fama Aere Dulcior
Dulcius est aere famosum nomen habere;
Non gazas plures sed famam quaerere cures.

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

fāmōsus, -a, -um: famous, renowned
gāza (gāzae, f.): treasure

aes aeris n.: copper, bronze
cūrō -āre: care for (+ acc.)
dulcis -e: sweet
fāma -ae f.: rumor, fame
habeō habēre habuī habitum: have, hold
nōmen -inis n.: name
nōn: not
plūs plūris n.: a greater amount or number, more
quaerō -rere -sīvī-situm: seek, inquire
sed: but
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist