Saturday, May 23, 2009

Haedus Stans in Tecto (Via Latina)

SOURCE: Via Latina: An Easy Latin Reader. For more information and other versions, see the links list for Perry 98 and also the page at

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons or accent marks - and read the text out loud until you feel comfortable and confident. Then, try reading the unmarked text at the bottom. It should be easy for you after practicing with the marked texts. :-)

MACRONS. Here is the text with macrons:

Haedus, stāns in tectō domūs, lupō praetereuntī maledīxit. Cuī lupus, "Nōn tū," inquit, "sed tēctum mihi maledīcit."

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

Haedus, stans in tecto domus, lupo praetereúnti maledíxit. Cui lupus, "Non tu," inquit, "sed tectum mihi maledícit."

UNMARKED TEXT. Here is the unmarked text - after practicing with the marked text that you prefer, you should not have any trouble with the unmarked text:

stans in tecto domus,
lupo praetereunti maledixit.
Cui lupus,
"Non tu (inquit),
sed tectum mihi maledicit."

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

Here is another illustration from the Medici Aesop, which is online at the New York Public Library website.

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