Sunday, April 29, 2012

Argenti libram mittebas...

Here is today's distich by Martial, 10.57:

Argenti libram mittebas; facta selibra est,
Sed piperis: tanti non emo, Sexte, piper.

You'd wont to send a pound of plat each year,
But half a pound does now from you appear,
And that of spice: I buy not spice so dear.
- Anon. 1695

Here is the vocabulary:

argentum - silver
libra - pound
mitto - send
fio - become, be made
selibra - half-pound
sed - but
piper - pepper
tantus - so much
non - not
emo - buy
Sextus - Sextus