Monday, July 16, 2012

Amor Argum Fallit

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This poem is from a book entitled Adagiorum Maxime Vulgarium Thesaurus, first published in 1730. The story alludes to the myth of Argus Panoptes.

Amor Argum Fallit
Centum fronte oculos, centum post terga gerebat
Argus et hos omnes saepe fefellit amor.

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:

Argus (Argī, m.): Argus the giant

amor -ōris m.: love
centum: one hundred
et: and
fallō fallere fefellī falsum: deceive
frōns frontis f.: forehead, brow; front
gerō gerere gessī gestum: bear, manage; bellum gerere, wage war
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
oculus -ī m.: eye
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
post: after (adv. and prep. +acc.)
saepe: often
tergum -ī n.: back, rear; a tergō: from the rear