vervex, aries
Ram /vervex, aries/ medallion 6.1 cm in diameter
The bestiary and Pseudo-Hugh /11.14/ reproducing the text by Isidor /XII.1.10—11/ who quotes Celi-us Sedulius, a famous poet of the fifth century, explains the name “vervex” by “a viribus” which means strength, by his being a male /”vir”/ or else because he has maggots /vermes/ in his hair, and “aries” perhaps gets its name from the offering of sacrifice on the altar /ad aram/ or from Ares, the God of War of the Latins.