Monday, May 28, 2012

In pictis orbis tabulis...

This little poem comes from Disticha de Educatione of Urbano Appendini, published in 1834; you can see the whole book at Google Books.

In pictis orbis tabulis tot regna, tot urbes,
Montesque et maria et flumina nosse iuvat.

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:

pingō, -ere, pinxī, pictum - paint, draw
tabula -ae f.: writing tablet, picture

et: and
flūmen -inis n.: stream, river
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
iuvō iuvāre iūvī iūtum: help, assist; please, delight
mare -is f.: sea
mōns montis m.: mountain
nōscō nōscere nōvī nōtum: learn, know
orbis -is m.: circle; orbis terrārum: world
que (enclitic) - and
rēgnum -ī n.: kingship, kingdom
tot: so many
urbs urbis f.: city