Monday, January 16, 2012

Vim Suscitat Ira

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2.5. The rhinoceros was considered to be a placid and agreeable animal but, if roused to a fury, could prove to be a dangerous opponent. Here you see the rhino doing battle with a bear! The emblem is inspired by a poem of Martial, #22 in the Liber Spectaculorum, which describes a staged combat between a rhincoeros and a bear; here is Martial's poem in Latin and in English.

Non temere caecam vir fortis fertur ad iram,
Iusta sed indigne laesus in arma ruit.

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

indignus -a -um - unworthy, undeserving
ruō, -ere, ruī - rush, fall, go to ruin
temerē - recklessly, rashly

ad: to, up to, towards (+acc.)
arma -ōrum n. pl.: arms
caecus -a -um: blind, unseeing; dark, obscure
ferō ferre tulī lātum: bear, carry
fortis -e: brave
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
īra irae f.: wrath, anger
iūstus -a -um: right, just, fair
laedō laedere laesī laesum: injure by striking, hurt
nōn: not
sed: but
vir virī m.: man

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