Sunday, May 20, 2012

Zoticus hic...

These lines are from a Roman epitaph; as the tomb indicates, the dead man's name was Zoticus.

Zoticus hic nomen nudum vanumque reliquit;
in cineres corpus et in aethera vita soluta est.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. All the words in this poem are on that list, except for the one proper noun:

Zoticus - Zoticus

aethēr aetheris n.: pure upper air, ether, heaven, sky
cinis cineris m./f.: ashes, embers
corpus, corporis n.: body
et: and
hic, haec, hoc: this; hōc, on this account
in: in, on (+ abl.); into onto (+ acc)
nōmen -inis n.: name
nūdus -a -um: naked, bare
que: and (enclitic)
relinquo -linquere -līquī -lictum: abandon
solvo -ere solvī solūtum: release, set sail
vanus -a -um: empty; false, deceitful
vīta -ae f.: life