Friday, February 10, 2012

Quem Genuit, Perdit

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 4:11. As you can see, the poor dolphin is doomed, having been beached on dry land. Camerarius has based his emblem on an epigram from the Greek anthology, attributed to Antipater of Thessalonica (7.216), in which a beached dolphin laments the fact that the sea, his own parent and fatherland, has exiled him on dry land.

Quem Genuit, Perdit
Crudeli ingratum mare delphinem expulit aestu;
Saepe etiam civis fert bonus exilium.

Here is the vocabulary:

qui - who, which, that
gigno - give birth to, bear, beget
perdo - lose, destroy, ruin
crudelis - cruel, hardhearted, savage
ingratus - ungrateful
mare - sea
delphin - dolphin
expello - drive out, banish, reject
aestus - seething, boiling, tide
saepe - often
etiam - also, and also, even
civis - citizen
fero - bear, carry, offer, suffer
bonus - good
exilium - exile