Thursday, July 9, 2009

Duo Amici et Ursus (Gildersleeve)

SOURCE: A Latin Reader by Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve. For more information and other versions, see the links list for Perry 65 and also the page at the Aesopus Ning.

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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:

Duo amīcī ūnā faciunt iter. Occurrit in itinere ursus. Alter arborem conscendit et perīculum ēvītat; alter, cum meminisset, illam bestiam cadāvera nōn attingere, humī sēsē prōsternit animamque continet, sē mortuum esse simulans. Accēdit ursus, contrectat iacentem, ōs suum ad hominis ōs aurēsque admovet, cadāver esse ratus, discēdit. Posteā cum socius quaereret, quidnam eī ursus dixisset in aurem, respondit, Monuit, nē confīderem amīcō, cūius fidem adversō tempore nōn essem expertus.



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):

Duo amíci una fáciunt iter. Occúrrit in itínere ursus. Alter árborem conscéndit et perículum evítat; alter, cum meminísset, illam béstiam cadávera non attíngere, humi sese prostérnit animámque cóntinet, se mórtuum esse símulans. Accédit ursus, contréctat iacéntem, os suum ad hóminis os aurésque ádmovet, cadáver esse ratus, discédit. Póstea cum sócius quaéreret, quidnam ei ursus dixísset in aurem, respóndit, Mónuit, ne confíderem amíco, cuius fidem advérso témpore non essem expértus.



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:

Duo amici una faciunt iter. Occurrit in itinere ursus. Alter arborem conscendit et periculum evitat; alter, cum meminisset, illam bestiam cadavera non attingere, humi sese prosternit animamque continet, se mortuum esse simulans. Accedit ursus, contrectat iacentem, os suum ad hominis os auresque admovet, cadaver esse ratus, discedit. Postea cum socius quaereret, quidnam ei ursus dixisset in aurem, respondit, Monuit, ne confiderem amico, cuius fidem adverso tempore non essem expertus.



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