Sunday, March 4, 2012


Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 7.33. This epigram plays with the traditional belief that Homer was blind: no wonder that he got some things wrong since he was not an eyewitness but knew of events only by hearsay.

Mentiri caecum nemo miratur Homerum:
Auritus testis, non oculatus, erat.

No wonder, Homer, former was of Lyes;
His Ears were his Informers, not his Eyes.

Here is the vocabulary:

Homerus - Homer
mentior - lie
caecus - blind
nemo - no one, nobody
miror - be amazed, wonder
auritus - having ears
testis - witness
non - not, no
oculatus - having eyes
sum - be, exist