Saturday, January 21, 2012

Non Usitata Vehor

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 3:6. The eagle is a symbol of the learned man whose talent allows the rest of us, little "regulus" birds that we are, to ascend to the heights! You might also enjoy this Aesop's fable about how the regulus uses this relationship to actually beat the eagle in a race: the regulus bird rides the eagle right up to the finish line and then darts ahead, crossing the finish line first.

Regulus in aquilae auxilio defertur in auras:
Sic quisquis docti nititur ingenio.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are three words which are not on the DCC list:

aquila, f. - eagle
rēgulus, rēgulī m. - little king; tiny bird
nītor nītī nīsus/nīxus sum: strive

aura -ae f.: breeze
auxilium -ī n.: support, assistance; (pl.) auxiliary forces
dēferō -ferre -tulī -lātum: carry away, report
doceō -ēre -uī doctum: teach
ingenium -ī n.: disposition, ability, talent
quisquis quidquid: whoever, whichever
sīc: in this manner, thus; sīc . . . ut: in the same way as

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