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Some Hexamater lists

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Hexamater lists

All 12 of the chief Roman gods (Ennius):

Iuno Vesta Minerva Ceres Diana Venus Mars

Mercurius Iovis Neptunus Volcanus Apollo

Ingredients of a cocktail called dodra (Ausonius):

Ius aqua mel vinum panis piper herba oleum sal

All letters of the Latin alphabet:

Duc, Zephyre exsurgens, durum cum flatibus aequor

All parts of speech:

Vae tibi lascivo, quia mox post gaudia flebis.

Or:

Vae tibi ridenti, quia mox post gaudia flebis.

For more in this vein, see  the wonderful article by Harry C. Schnur, “The Factotum: Some Varieties of the Latin Hexameter,” The Classical World 53 (1960) 153-157.



4 Comments

  • These are really great. I actually used them to illustrate various features of the hexameter in class, and it was a nice bonus that each had an intrinsic value as well.

    I’ve written about Latin hexameter pangrams, and even composed one of my own:

    “heu Zama, quam Scipio celeber dux frangit inique!”

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