Nummus in prelatis - From the Carmina Burana

Darren Nayar

New Member
Hello everyone,
I've been trying to understand the translation of this following line from the Carmina Burana.

Nummus in prelatis
Est pro iure satis
Nummo locum datis
Vos qui iudicatis.

I get that it is something about money and its importance, but I'm not really understanding what it means on a word to word basis. Doesn't prelum, preli refer to a wine press or something like that?

Sorry if this is too basic. I'm just quite thoroughly confused! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!


Staff member
Ae and oe were often written e in medieval Latin, because they were pronounced the same then. The classical spelling would be praelatis.