Monday, June 4, 2012

A Maioribus Discimus

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A Maioribus Discimus
A senibus pueri parvi quam plurima discunt;
   A bove maiori discit arare minor.

Source: Anton Moker (1540-1605), Decalogus Metricus. Meter: Elegiac.

From the old people (a senibus) young children (pueri parvi) learn as much as possible (quam plurima discunt); from the old ox (a bove maiori) the young one (minor) learns to plow (discit arare).

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:

aro, arāre - plow, till

ā, ab, abs: from, by (+abl.)
bōs, bovis m.: ox; gen. pl. boum
disco -ere didicī: learn
māior -ius: greater, older
minus -oris n.: a smaller number or amount, less
parvus -a -um: small
plurimus -a -um: the greatest number of, very many; plurimī, most people
puer, puerī m.: boy; slave
quam: how?; (after comparative) than
senex -is m.: old man, elder; senior, older