February 20, 2011

13. Mausolus


          


Mausólus,
rex Cáriae,
Artemísiam hábuit cóniugem.
Haec,
Mausólo defúncto,
ossa cinerémque maríti
contúsa et odóribus mixta
cum aqua potábat.
Exstrúxit quoque,
ad conservándam eius memóriam,
sepúlchrum illud nobilíssimum,
ab eius nómine appellátum,
quod
inter
septem orbis terrárum mirácula
numerátur.
Quod cum
Mausóli mánibus dicáret,
certámen instítuit,
praémiis amplíssimis ei propósitis,
qui
defúnctum regem
óptime laudásset.


TEXT SOURCE: First Easy Latin Reading Book - Anecdotes, by Edmund Fowle (1877). Vocabulary Lists in back of book.

2 comments:

  1. So it is similar to the Taj Mahal where a husband remembers his deceased wife.But the Taj Mahal is not a mausaleum as no body is enterrred there.It is a memorial

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  2. Yes! What is interesting to me about the mausoleum is that often when we name something after a person, we capitalize it as a kind of reminder that it is a person's proper name but then there are words like mausoleum as here, or sandwich (from John Montagu, Fourth Earl Sandwich), where we don't capitalize the word so it's easy to forget that it comes from someone's proper name.

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