Thursday, June 25, 2009

Canis Vetulus et Magister (Barlow)

SOURCE: Aesop’s Fables in Latin: Ancient Wit and Wisdom from the Animal Kingdom. For more information - including vocabulary lists and grammar comments - see the page for this fable at the Aesopus Ning.

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:

Canis vēnāticus, quī quondam vēlōcitāte cēterīs praecelluit et māgnō erat ōlim ūsuī et ēmolumentō Herō, iam longaevus et imbellis, fortuītō cervum persequēbātur et apprehēnsum (dentibus prīvātus) mox dēmīsit. Quem īrātus Herus verbīs et verberibus increpābat. Cui Canis: “Ō dūre et sevēre mihi Magister, quī multifāria mea merita tam male pēnsitāveris!”



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):

Canis venáticus, qui quondam velocitáte céteris praecélluit et magno erat olim úsui et emoluménto Hero, iam longaévus et imbéllis, fortuíto cervum persequebátur et apprehénsum (déntibus privátus) mox demísit. Quem irátus Herus verbis et verbéribus increpábat. Cui Canis: “O dure et sevére mihi Magíster, qui multifária mea mérita tam male pensitáveris!”


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:

Canis venaticus, qui quondam velocitate ceteris praecelluit et magno erat olim usui et emolumento Hero, iam longaevus et imbellis, fortuito cervum persequebatur et apprehensum (dentibus privatus) mox demisit. Quem iratus Herus verbis et verberibus increpabat. Cui Canis: “O dure et severe mihi Magister, qui multifaria mea merita tam male pensitaveris!”



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



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