Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Facienda et Fugienda

This is from the enormous anthology of distich poetry assembled by Barthold Nihus, Epigrammata Disticha, published in 1642; the poem is anonymous.

Facienda et Fugienda
Quid iuvat innumeros scire atque evolvere casus,
Si facienda fugis, si fugienda facis?

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

ēvolvō, ēvolvere: roll out, unfold, read
innumerus, -a, -um: countless, without number

atque, ac: and in addition, and also, and; (after comparatives) than; simul atque, as soon as
cāsus -ūs m.: a fall; chance, accident;
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
fugiō fugere fūgī fugitum: flee, escape
iuvō iuvāre iūvī iūtum: help, assist; please, delight
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sciō -īre -īvī/-iī -ītum: know
sī: if