Sunday, February 5, 2012

Iram Prudentia Vincit

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2.10. The idea here is that a lion can (supposedly) be led about if you cast a cloak over its eyes, so then you should be able to tame your own inner lion of wrath as well.

Iram Prudentia Vincit
Si licet obiecto sagulo tractare leonem,
Quid tandem est, iram nolle domare suam?

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

domō -āre, domuī, domitum - tame, subdue, master
leo -ōnis m./f.: lion
ōbiiciō -ere, obiēcī, obiectum - throw before, cast around, present
sagulum n. - small military cloak
tractō -āre: handle, manage
īra irae f.: wrath, anger
licet licuit licitum est: it is permitted (+ dat. of person + infin.); conj. licet: even though
nōlō nōlle nōluī: be unwilling
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sī: if
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
tandem: finally