Monday, March 12, 2012

Currenti Cede Furori

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:19. The animal depicted in this emblem is the Latin urus, a wild ox or European bison attested in Caesar and in Pliny, also known as an aurochs. Supposedly this beast had such a furious temper that hunter could hide behind a tree and shoot at it while it charged the tree; when wounded in this way, the urus got even angrier and angrier so that the hunter could easily defeat the beast.

Currenti Cede Furori
Quis furor est caeco temere se offerre furori?
Cede, parum exspecta - nec mora, victor eris.



Here is the vocabulary:

curro - run
cedo - yield, submit
furor - madness, rage
quis - who, which
sum - be, exist
caecus - blind
temere - rashly
se - reflexive pronoun
offero - offer, present
parum - too little, not at all
exspecto - await, expect, hope for
nec - and not, nor
mora - delay
victor - winner, victor

2 comments:

  1. Nabokov mentions the aurochs in Lolita. His knees are said to bend forwards.

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  2. The aurochs were well known in Poland, also - you can see a great image here with a Latin text from a Polish account of the aurochs!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tur_ZHerberstein_pol_XVIw_small.jpg

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