Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sortes Humanae

Here is today's emblem and distich by Bornitius, 5:14. Note the contrast between God and man, not just Deus and homo, but instead Deus and the homuncio, the little manikin. I wish I knew what game was depicted in the emblem here; if anyone has any clues about that, let me know!

Sortes Humanae
Sortes homuncio iacit:
Dei sed ad nutum cadunt.

Here is the vocabulary:

sors - lot, fate, oracular response
humanus - human
homuncio - little man, manikin
iacio - toss, cast
deus - god
sed - but
ad - to, towards
nutus - nod
cado - fall


  1. The game is a Brenta game (Germ. "Brentenspiel", or "prentenspiel"). You cast dice through the funnel and depending on whether they land on a black or white field you count the score (...although the rules are a bit vague).

  2. Wow, thank you: that is totally new to me! Now I will be able to investigate and learn more. I really appreciate it!


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