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Subject:Hymnus in honorem passionis Eulaliae
Time:12:27 pm

I read this hymn by Prudentius two years ago in a class but now find myself unable to translate the first sentence (five lines) by myself. Here is the text:


Germine nobilis Eulalia


mortis et indole nobilior


Emeritam sacra uirgo suam,


cuius ab ubere progenita est,


ossibus ornat, amore colit. (http://meta.montclair.edu/latintexts/prudentius/crowns3.html)


I do not understand what "emeritam suam" is. I am assuming it is also the antecedent of "cuius." So here's my translation with "emeritam" left untranslated:


The holy virgin Eulalia, noble by birth,


yet nobler still by the character of her death,


who with her bones decorates her emerita,


from whose breast she was born,


and with her love adorns.


Help!

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ioanna_ioannina
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Time:2010-12-10 06:08 pm (UTC)
As there is some possibility there were two Eulalias, it can mean the first one of them.
So, "decorates (the name of) her predecessor."
But it is pretty ambiguous.
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chrysologus400
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Time:2010-12-10 10:16 pm (UTC)
Interesting hypothesis which I can't rule out.

I am also wondering whether it can be her hometown, urbs being implied. It has to be something "from whose breast she was born."
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ioanna_ioannina
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Time:2010-12-10 10:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, this is definitely a possibility, too, as well as "civitas Christiana".
"Mater" is out, according to the legend, sadly. She tried to discourage her and keep her at home.
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chrysologus400
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Time:2010-12-17 02:18 am (UTC)
I put it into Google translator just for fun and, although it couldn't make sense of the passage, it did reveal that Emerita is the name of a city, called Merida in English! Amazing!
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