Friday, March 16, 2012

Sibimet Pulcherrima Merces

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 3:20. As you can see in the emblem, the peacock was Juno's favored bird.

Pulchra suis veluti est volucris Iunonia pennis:
Sic virtus proprio lumine clara nitet.

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

Iūnōnius -a -um - belonging to Juno (Hera)
penna f. - feather
niteō, nitēre - shine, glitter, glisten

clārus -a -um: clear, distinguished
lūmen luminis n.: light
proprius -a -um: one’s own, peculiar
pulcher -chra -chrum: beautiful
sīc: in this manner, thus; sīc . . . ut: in the same way as
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
velut: even as, just as
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue
volucer -cris -cre: flying; volucris -is m./f.: bird