Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pecuniae Oboediunt Omnia

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

Pecuniae Oboediunt Omnia
Auro templa, forum, mens, corpus et omnia parent:
Nuda nihil coram iudice iura valent.

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:

cōram: in the presence of
oboediō, oboedīre: listen to, obey

aurum -ī n.: gold
corpus corporis n.: body
et: and
forum -ī n.: market-place, forum
iūdex iūdicis m.: judge, juror
iūs iūris n.: right, justice, law
mēns mentis f.: mind
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
nūdus -a -um: naked, bare
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
pāreō parēre pāruī: obey
pecūnia -ae f.: money
templum -ī n.: consecrated ground; temple
valeō valēre valuī: be strong, excel, be valid, prevail; valē: farewell!