Saturday, June 2, 2012

Quid superest morti...

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This is a poem by Benedictus Iovius (Benedetto Giovio, 1471-1545), which I found in the Sacra et satyrica epigrammata edited by Luigi Bigi Pittorius, published in 1518.

Quid superest morti? Gestorum gloria fatum
Nescit, et haec cineri postumat una suo.

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:

postumo, -āre - to come after, come later, be a descendant

cinis cineris m./f.: ashes, embers
et: and
fāma -ae f.: rumor, fame
fātum -ī n.: fate
gero gerere gessī gestum: bear, manage; bellum gerere, wage war
glōria -ae f.: glory, fame
hic, haec, hoc: this; hōc, on this account
mors mortis f.: death
nescio -scīre: not know, be ignorant
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
supersum -esse -fuī: be above; remain, survive
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
ūnus -a -um: one