Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mole Ruit Sua

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 4:5. In his commentary, Camerarius links the reckless behavior of beached whale with ancient mythological exempla of reckless strong men such as Milo of Croton who own strength leads to their destruction.

Mole Ruit Sua
Me mea ad interitum moles pertraxit acerbum;
Sic pereat, quisquis robore fidit atrox.

Here is the vocabulary:

moles - mass, bulk
ruo - rush on, ruin, destroy
suus - reflexive possessive adjective
ego - I, me
meus - my, mine
ad - to, towars
interitus - death, destruction
pertraho - drag through, drag to
acerbus - bitter, harsh
sic - in this way
pereo - perish, die
quisquis - whoever, anyone
robur - oak, strength, force
fido - trust, trust in
atrox - savage, fierce, cruel

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