Monday, April 16, 2012

Aetas Aurea

Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 2.53.

Aetas Aurea
Cognita Tartarei cum nondum vis foret auri,
Aurea cur aetas illa vocata fuit?

Before the virtue was of Gold disclos’d,
Why was that Age the Golden Age suppos’d?

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

Tartareus -a -um - belonging to the infernal regions, of Tartarus

aetās -tātis f.: age, time of life
aureus -a -um: golden; splendid
aurum -ī n.: gold
cōgnōsco -ere -gnōvī -gnitum:  learn, understand
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
cūr: why?
ille, illa, illud: that
nōndum: not yet
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vīs f.: force; (acc.) vim, (abl.) vī; (pl.) vīrēs, strength
voco -āre: call