Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Domus Optima

Here is today's emblem by Joachim Camerarius, 2:91. This emblem shows a turtle in its shell, and the turtle figures in the second line of the poem. The first line of the poem explains that for everyone, a home is a place of refuge. Then, in the second line, pious women are urged to stay at home - femina hanc (domum) colat, note the subjunctive - just like that turtle!

Domus Optima
Est sua cuique domus tutissimus usque receptus;
Hanc ceu testudo femina casta colat.

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

receptus, receptūs m. - retreat, place of refuge
testūdo, testūdinis f. - tortoise, turtle, shell
castus -a -um - guiltless, pure, chaste

castus -a -um: pure, spotless, chaste
colo colere coluī cultum: inhabit, cultivate
domus -ūs f.: house, home
fēmina -ae f.: woman
hic, haec, hoc: this; hōc, on this account
optimus -a -um: best, excellent; adv. optimē
quis-, quae-, quidque: each one, everyone
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
tutus -a -um: safe, protected
ūsque: up to; continuously