Friday, July 20, 2012

Quis Titulus Potior?

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This is a poem from Melchior Sylvester Eckhard's Epigrammata, published in 1629; you can read the book online.

Quis Titulus Potior?
Mille effecta dei poscunt quoque nomina mille;
E mille his titulis Optimus est potior.

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:

titulus (titulī, m.): title, label, claim to fame

deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
efficiō -ficere -fēcī -fectum: bring about, complete; render (+ ut + subj.)
ex ē: out of, from (+ abl.)
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
mille (pl.) milia: thousand
nōmen -inis n.: name
optimus -a -um: best, excellent; adv. optimē
pōscō pōscere popōscī: demand, claim; inquire into
potis -e: powerful, able
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
quoque: also, too
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist