Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Famam Quaerunt, Non Virtutem

This poem is from the proverbial distichs of Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), which you can read online at the University of Mannheim.

Famam Quaerunt, Non Virtutem
Famam omnes satagunt, virtutem quaerere nemo:
Cur? Quia splendidius vivere fama solet.

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

satagō, satagere: be busy with, bustle
splendidē: brightly; splendidius, comp. adv.

cūr: why?
fāma -ae f.: rumor, fame
nēmo: no one (gen. nullius, dat. nulli, abl. nullo or nulla > nullus -a -um)
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
quaerō -rere -sīvī-situm: seek, inquire
quia: because
soleō -ēre -uī -itum: be accustomed
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live