Saturday, May 30, 2009

Nero et Phylax (Gildersleeve)

SOURCE: A Latin Reader by Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve. This fable does not have a Perry number; does anybody know another source for this fable?

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:

Nerō et Phylax ūnā invēnerant eximium os. Uterque tōtum os postulat; rixa exardescit; postremō amīcī pūgnam committunt. Fluēbat solum sanguine. Tandem Phylax Nerōnem fugāvit exsultansque ad locum ubi praedam relīquerant, rediit. At aberat os. Canis prūdentior id abstulerat, dum illī pūgnābant.

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

Nero et Phylax una invénerant exímium os. Utérque totum os póstulat; rixa exardéscit; póstremo amíci pugnam commíttunt. Fluébat solum sánguine. Tandem Phylax Nerónem fugávit exsultánsque ad locum ubi praedam relíquerant, rédiit. At áberat os. Canis prudéntior id abstúlerat, dum illi pugnábant.

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:

Nero et Phylax
una invenerant eximium os.
totum os postulat;
rixa exardescit;
postremo amici
pugnam committunt.
Fluebat solum
Tandem Phylax
Neronem fugavit
ad locum
ubi praedam reliquerant
At aberat os.
Canis prudentior
id abstulerat,
dum illi pugnabant.

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

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