Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mulier Parturiens et Lectus (Phaedrus)

SOURCE: For a complete edition of Phaedrus with macrons, see the edition by J.H. Drake at GoogleBooks. This is fable 1.18 in Phaedrus. For parallel versions, see Perry 479.

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons in verse form, or macrons in prose order, or accent marks in prose order, or focusing on the iambic meter. You will find materials for all of these options below. :-)


VERSE MACRONS. Here is the verse text with macrons:

Nēmō libenter recolit quī laesit locum.
Īnstante partū mulier actis mēnsibus
humī iacēbat, flēbilis gemitūs ciēns.
Vir est hortātus, corpus lectō reciperet,
onus nātūrae melius quō dēpōneret.
"Minimē" inquit "illō posse confīdō locō
malum fīnīrī quō conceptum est initiō."



PROSE MACRONS. Here is the same text with macrons written out in prose word order:

Nēmō libenter recolit locum quī laesit. Mulier, mēnsibus actis, partū īnstante, flēbilis, gemitūs ciēns, humī iacēbat. Vir hortātus est corpus lectō reciperet, quō melius nātūrae onus dēpōneret. Inquit: "Minimē confīdō malum fīnīrī posse illō locō quō initiō conceptum est."


STRESS (ACCENT) MARKS. Here is the prose text with accents, plus some color-coding for the words of three or more syllables (blue: penultimate stress; red: antepenultimate stress):

Nemo libénter récolit locum qui laesit. Múlier, ménsibus actis, partu instánte, flébilis, gémitus ciens, humi iacébat. Vir hortátus est corpus lecto recíperet, quo mélius natúrae onus depóneret. Inquit: "Mínime confído malum finíri posse illo loco quo inítio concéptum est."


IAMBIC METER. Here is the verse text with some color coding to assist in the iambic meter. The disyllabic elements (iambs/spondees) are not marked, but the trisyllabic elements are color-coded: dactyls are red, anapests are purple, and tribrachs are green (as is any proceleusmaticus, although that is a rare creature):

Nēmō· liben·ter reco·lit quī· laesit· locum.
Īnstan·te par·tū muli·er ac·tis mēn·sibus
humī· iacē·bat, flē·bilis· gemitūs· ciēns.
Vir est· hortā·tus, cor·pus lec·tō reci·peret,
onus· nātū·rae meli·us quō· dēpō·neret.
Minim~ in·quit il·lō pos·se con·fīdō· locō
malum· fīnī·rī quō· concept~· est ini·tiō.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source).


What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches:
Nemo libenter recolit locum qui laesit. Mulier, mensibus actis, partu instante, flebilis, gemitus ciens, humi iacebat. Vir hortatus est corpus lecto reciperet, quo melius naturae onus deponeret. Inquit: "Minime confido malum finiri posse illo loco quo initio conceptum est."

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