Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Purpura Doctos Non Facit

This is an item from Anton Moker's Decalogus metricus et paraenetica disticha, published in 1573. You can see the book at GoogleBooks.

Purpura Doctos Non Facit
Saepe vides doctum vili sub veste latere;
Purpura non doctos efficit ulla viros.

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

purpura (purpurae, f.): purple, purple cloth
vīlis, -e (vīlis): worthless, cheap, common

doceō -ēre -uī doctum: teach
efficiō -ficere -fēcī -fectum: bring about, complete; render (+ ut + subj.)
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
lateō latēre latuī: lie hidden, be hidden
nōn: not
saepe: often
sub: under, close to (+acc. or abl.)
ūllus -a -um: any, anyone
vestis -is f.: garment, robe, clothing
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see
vir virī m.: man

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