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Roman Illuminated Manuscripts + other queries

Postby owen » Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:19 am

Does anyone know the latin word for the decorated, red-rimmed first letter of a page/paragraph (illuminated manuscript)?

like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_ ... manuscript)

the latin question/riddle/quiz i'm trying to answer is: "Est prima littera manuscripti, paginae aut capituli, quae minio delineatur et picturis ornatur" (It is the first letter of a manuscript, (either) pages or chapters, which is lined with/by red, and decorated with/by pictures)


help, please! :D I've been researching/googling for far too long, and decided to ask the experts. any ideas/suggestions appreciated!





p.s. other ones i would like some help on:

** Statues of virgins (?) which hold up buildings in place of columns ("Sunt statuae virginum quae pro columnis tectum aedificii sustinent")

** Something with three feet, or rather table-legs, which something something... i'm lost on this one! : ("Est qui tres pedes habet vel fulcra, quibus sustinetur, ut vas, sella et huiusmodi")
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Re: Roman Illuminated Manuscripts + other queries

Postby adrianus » Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:13 pm

majusculum illuminatum seu littera illuminata seu littera rubea et illuminata, ut puto, quo illuminatus-a-um adjectivum de colore minii derivatur.
Illuminated capital/letter, I believe, where the adjective derives from "minium", bright red cinnabar.

caryatides = statuae virginum quae pro columnis tectum aedificii sustinent, anglicè caryatids (pluraliter) caryatid (singulariter)

tripus = tripod/3-legged stand
I'm writing in Latin hoping for correction, and not because I'm confident in how I express myself. Latinè scribo ut ab omnibus corrigar, non quod confidenter me exprimam.
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Re: Roman Illuminated Manuscripts + other queries

Postby Craig_Thomas » Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:19 pm

adrianus wrote:majusculum illuminatum seu littera illuminata seu littera rubea et illuminata, ut puto, quo illuminatus-a-um adjectivum de colore minii derivatur.
Illuminated capital/letter, I believe, where the adjective derives from "minium", bright red cinnabar.

Illuminatus is the perfect participle of illumino, which is in + lumino.
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Re: Roman Illuminated Manuscripts + other queries

Postby adrianus » Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:10 am

adrianus wrote:quo illuminatus-a-um adjectivum de colore minii derivatur

I read that somewhere (I no longer remember where and can't find a ref. online) and thought it good for the context. I remember the author saying "miniature" was related to it, "illuminatores", and to "minium". Maybe it's wrong. Maybe it was an ancient writer. Certainly I know it's from the participle. I thought it interesting.

Id quopiam legi (ubi legerim nescio et locum quaesitum in interrete non reperio) et placuit, porrò aptum est quoad contextum. Auctor illius fontis nexum inter "miniatura" et "illuminata" viâ minii duxit. Forsàn antiquus scriptor fuit; forsàn errat. Certè id scio participium verbi illuminare enim esse. Id mihi curae erat.
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Re: Roman Illuminated Manuscripts + other queries

Postby REGUMREX69 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:54 pm

Could this be it?

what though my name stood rubric on the wall - alexander pope

http://tinyurl.com/rubricalexanderpope

http://www.google.com/search?q=define%3 ... vity&hl=en

http://www.onelook.com/?w=rubric&ls=b

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/tex ... ry%3Druber

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All the world's a stage - Shakespeare
http://tinyurl.com/alltheworldisastageshakespeare



"When you wake up, feel that you are entering the stage
to play the role assigned to you by the Lord; pray that
you may act it well and earn His approbation. At night,
when you retire to sleep, feel that you are entering the
greenroom after the scene, but with the costume of your
role on; for perhaps the role is not yet over and you
have not yet been permitted to take the costume off.
Perhaps, you have to make another entrance the next
morning. Do not worry about that. Place yourself fully
at His disposal; He knows; He has written the play and
He knows how it will go on and how it will end; yours
is but to act and retire."

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Without it, you are certain to fall into falsehood, pursuing the objects of sense-pleasure
and trying to accumulate worldly riches.
Death is no ominous calamity.
It is a step into the auspicious brightness beyond.
It is inescapable;
it cannot be bribed away or adjourned by certificates of good conduct or testimonials from the great.
Once born, death is inevitable.
You must perform deeds which breed no bad consequences.
Engage every day in every activity as an offering to God.
Then you need not be born again and again and can escape death.
This inquiry is the very core of spiritual path and will help you achieve immortality."

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