Monday, July 16, 2012

Homo Ingeniosus Vanus

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Homo Ingeniosus Vanus
Ingeniosus homo est: quid tum? Si cetera desunt,
Nil nisi vanus homo est ingeniosus homo.

Source: François Oudin (1673-1752), Silva Distichorum, 182. Meter: Elegiac. The Latin quid tum? is a lot like the English "so what?"

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:

ingeniōsus, -a, -um: clever, ingenious

cēterus -a -um: the others, the rest; adv. cēterum: for the rest, in addition, however, that may be
dēsum -esse -fuī: be lacking
homo hominis m.: human being
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
nisi/nī: if not, unless
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sī: if
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tum or tunc: then
vanus -a -um: empty; false, deceitful