Sunday, April 8, 2012

Quantum Mutatus Ab Illo

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:26. The tree in the emblem is a fig tree. According to Plutarch, the fig tree exudes a marvelous quality that tames and subdues even a wild bull if the bull is tied to the tree. The title is elegantly adapted from the famous words spoken by Aeneas in Vergil's Aeneid upon seeing the ghost of the dead Hector.

Quantum Mutatus Ab Illo
Corniger ut blandus fit amictus fronde, at inertem,
Frugi vix facias, ni bene pressus eat.

Here is the vocabulary:

quantum - how much
muto - change, alter
ab - from
ille - that, that one
corniger - having horns
ut - as
blandus - charming, gentle
fio - become, is made
amictus - clothed, covered
frons - foliage, leaves, boughs
at - but, while
iners - weak, inactive
frugi - worthy, thrifty, useful
ni - unless, if not
bene - well
premo - press, press hard, oppress
eo - go