Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nocet Assentatio Magnis

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 4:3. As a natural emblem of the insidious flatterer, Camerarius shows us some little fishes who seduce the whale into shallow waters; although the whale is big and strong, the sneaky little fishes lead him to his doom with their pretend friendship.

Nocet Assentatio Magnis
Vilis adulator blande mentitus amicum
Se ingerit; admissus, maxima damna dabit.

Here is the vocabulary:

noceo - harm, injure
assentatio - flattery, agreement
magnus - great, large
vilis - worthless, paltry
adulator - flatterer
blande - sweetly, coaxingly
mentitus - feigned, false
amicus - friend
se - reflexive pronoun
ingero - carry in, thrust upon
admissus - admitted, let in
maximus - greatest, most
damnum - loss, damage
do - give