Saturday, March 17, 2012


Here is today's distich by Martial, 13.59: it's about the dormouse who sleeps. A lot. Apparently they can sleep for up to six months out of the year! Contrary to this little poem, they fatten up during the summer to prepare for the long sleep. For more, see Wikipedia.

Tota mihi dormitur hiems et pinguior illo
tempore sum quo me nil nisi somnus alit.

Sleeping all Winter I'm most fat; no food
But a full meal of sleep doth work this good.
- Wright

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:

glis, glīris m. - dormouse
pinguis, pingue; pinguis - fat, plump, fertile

alō alere aluī alitum: nourish
dormiō -īre: sleep
ego meī mihi mē: I, me
et: and
hiēms -emis f.: winter
ille illa illud: that
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
nisi/nī: if not, unless
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
somnus -ī m.: sleep, slumber; (pl.) dreams
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tempus -oris n.: time
tōtus -a -um: whole, entire