Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Terror et Error

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:25. The emblem illustrates that famous incident recounted by Livy when Hannibal slyly attaches twigs to the horns of the cattle and then sets fire to the sticks at nightfall; it drives the cattle into a frenzy and the Romans, seeing all the fires moving around like torces in the dark of night, become convinced that they are surrounded by innumerable enemy forces.

Fraudem fraude, astum non fallere dedecet astu,
Saepe timore timor truditur, arte dolus.

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

astus, astūs m. - dexterity, cunning
dēdecet - it is unbecoming, unseemly
trūdō, -ere, trūsī, trūsum - push, shove, thrust forward

fallō fallere fefellī falsum: deceive
timor -ōris m.: fear
nōn: not
saepe: often
ars artis f.: skill
dolus -ī m.: artifice, device, trick