Thursday, March 15, 2012

Alterius dictum...

Here is today's distich by Cato (so-called), 3.7, with English translations by Duff and Chase.

Alterius dictum aut factum ne carpseris umquam,
Exemplo simili ne te derideat alter.

Blame not what other men may say or do,
Lest thee they jeer and for the same thing, too.

Another's word or act ne'er criticise,
Lest others mock at you in selfsame wise.

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:

carpo, -ere, carpsī, captum - pick, pluck, snatch
dērīdeo, dērīdēre, dērīsī, dērīsum - laugh at, mock, scorn
alter altera alterum: other of two
aut: or
dīco dīcere dīxī dictum: say; causam dicere, plead a case; diem dicere, appoint a day
exemplum -ī n.: example, sample, copy
facio facere fēcī factum: do, make
nē: lest, that not
similis -e: like, similar
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
umquam: ever