Latin/Occupation Lesson 2

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Today we continue with occupations. There are many Latin synonyms for words like “job”, “worker,” “boss,” etc. Where possible we've give you some synonyms in parentheses after the word we prefer.

New Vocabulary[edit | edit source]

Latin English Audio (Classical) Notes
advocātus, ī  lawyer, advocate
coquus, ī  cook
faber, fabrī
artifex, artificis
opifex, opificis
operarius, ī
builder, smith, carpenter, workman, craftsman  
tabernārius, iī
caupōna, ae
caupōnārius, iī
negōtium, iī business, occupation literally “no leisure”
ōtium, iī leisure, pleasure
jūdex, jūdicis (m.) judge
iūdex, iūdicis
mercātor, mercatōris (m.)
negōtiātor, negōtiātōris (m.)
merchant, trader, businessman
tōnsor, tōnsōris (m.) barber
opus, operis (n.)
mūnus, mūneris
negōtium, iī 
labor, labōris
work, job, employment
negōtiōsus, a, um busy, full of business

New Sentences[edit | edit source]

Latin English Notes
Māter coqua bona est. Mother is a good cook.
Coquus in caupōnā est. He is a cook in a restaurant.
Advocātus et jūdex librōs legunt. The lawyer and the judge read the books.
Advocātī malī lēgem nesciunt. The bad lawyers do not know the law.
Advocātum meum vocō. I am calling my lawyer.
Jūdex ēsurit. The judge is hungry.
Jūdicēs et advocātī in illā caupōnā edunt. The judges and lawyers eat in that restaurant.
Gāius opus bonum habet. Gaius has a good job.
Hic liber magnum opus est. This book is a great work.
Pecūnia mihi opus est. I need money. This construction is used frequently to express need: the thing needed is put in the nominative or ablative, and the person who needs it in the dative.
Amīcī omnibus opus sunt. Everyone needs friends.
Labōrat/ Opus facit. He is working.
Lūcia in tabernā opus facit. Lucia works in a shop.
Lūcia tabernāria (caupōna) est. Lucia is a shopkeeper.
Multī tabernāriī in Rōmā sunt. There are many shopkeepers in Rome.
Lūcia et Mārcus mercatōrēs sunt. Lucia and Marcus are merchants.
Mercatōrēs in hōc oppidum nōn saepe veniunt. Merchants do not often come to this town.
Frāter meus tōnsor est. My brother is a barber.
Gāius in sellā tōnsōris sedet. Gaius is sitting in the barber’s chair.
Faber est. He is a builder. (smith, worker, craftsman)
(faber) ferrārius blacksmith these words could be considered adjectives modifying faber or another synonym for worker, but are often used as nouns standing alone.
(faber) aurārius goldsmith
(faber) lignārius carpenter
(faber) mechanicus mechanic
(faber) plumbārius plumber
Fabrī opus celeriter faciunt. The craftsmen work quickly.
Negōtium prīmum, tum ōtium. Business first, then pleasure.
Negōtiōsus est. He is busy.
Ōtium sine litterīs mors est. Leisure without literature is death. Seneca. What’s vacation without something to read?

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