Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sortes Humanae

Here is today's emblem and distich by Bornitius, 5:14. Note the contrast between God and man, not just Deus and homo, but instead Deus and the homuncio, the little manikin. I wish I knew what game was depicted in the emblem here; if anyone has any clues about that, let me know!

Sortes Humanae
Sortes homuncio iacit:
Dei sed ad nutum cadunt.

Here is the vocabulary:

sors - lot, fate, oracular response
humanus - human
homuncio - little man, manikin
iacio - toss, cast
deus - god
sed - but
ad - to, towards
nutus - nod
cado - fall