FENNIA VOS GENUIT
GREMIO VOS INTIMA FOVIT.
MURMURA QUISQUE SUAE.
FENNI VOS MANEATIS.
AT HOC ANIMIS RETINETE
GRAECIA QUID DEDERIT
VOBIS ET HESPERIA.
This raises a couple of questions. Let me focus on scansion here; I might return to other issues later. (Anyone is free to ask questions about the content, of course!)
This is inscription contains quite obviously two elegiac couplets; the line breaks match the caesurae. I have two questions regarding scansion in comparison to classical Latin:
- It appears that hoc is intended to be hŏcc (neuter singular) instead of the ablative hōc; at least I see no support for an ablative. I recall that it has been mentioned on this site before that hoc can be pronounced this way, but I forget where. Are there classical examples where hoc is clearly neuter nominative or accusative (not ablative) but scansion requires that the c is long like in this poem?
- I have learned that vōbīs always has two long vowels, but the i appears to be short here. Is there classical precedent for such a short i in vobis or nobis?
(If you think these questions should rather be asked separately, I'll be happy to do so. I'm not sure what's best.)
Since this might be of local interest, let me repeat the question briefly in Finnish: Tampereen klassillisen lukion seinässä on piirtokirjoitus, joka on kirjoitettu elegisellä säeparilla. Miten sanat hoc ja vobis on tarkoitus ääntää, ja vastaako se klassista runomittaoppia? Katso yksityiskohdat yltä.