Sunday, May 27, 2012

Quomodo Discipulus Magistrum Superat?

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Quomodo Discipulus Magistrum Superat?
Multa rogare, rogata tenere, retenta docere:
Haec tria discipulum faciunt superare magistrum.

Source: Philosophia Patrum (ed. Wegeler), 643. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter.

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:

To ask many questions (multa rogare), to learn what was asked (tenere rogata), and to teach what was learned (retenta docere): these three things (haec tria) make it so the student (faciunt discipulum) surpasses the teacher (superare magistrum).

discipulus (discipulī, m.): learner, student

doceo -ēre -uī doctum: teach
facio facere fēcī factum: do, make
hic, haec, hoc: this; hōc, on this account
magister, magistrī m.: master, chief
multus -a -um: much, many; multō, by far
retineo -ēre -uī retentum: hold back, keep
rogo -āre: ask
supero -āre: overcome, surpass, defeat
teneo -ēre -uī tentum: hold
trēs tria: three