Monday, January 23, 2012

Nec Caesus Cedam

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:7. Today's emblem is about the famous "Indian dog" which Alexander supposedly saw while he was in that country: when one of these Indian dogs attacked a lion, it would not let go, even when its leg was hacked off. You can read more about the legendary Indian dogs here.

Nec Caesus Cedam
Nunquam, caesa licet, linquit canis Inda leonem
Nec, licet accisus, facta decora bonus.

Here is the vocabulary:

nec - and not, nor
caedo - chop, cut down, smite
cedo - concede, yield
nunquam - neer
licet - although
linquo - leave, abandon, let go
canis - dog
Indus - Indian, of India
leo - lion
accido - cut into, hew, destroy
factum - deed
decorus - honorable, glorious, noble
bonus - good

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