Thursday, June 4, 2009

Formica et Columba (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:

Formīca, ut sitim sēdāret, fonticulum accessit, sed in fonticulum ēlapsa et paene lymphīs absorpta est. Columba, arborem īnsidēns fonticulō contiguam, rāmusculum ōre direptum in fonticulum dēiēcit, cūius adminiculō servāta Formīca ēvāsit. Sed intereā affuit Auceps, Columbae īnsidiās tēnsūrus. Formīca tībiāle gravissimē mordēbat. Cui cum fricandī grātiam admonēbat, percēpit id Columba et impūnē avolāvit.



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):

Formíca, ut sitim sedáret, fontículum accéssit, sed in fontículum elápsa et paene lymphis absórpta est. Colúmba, árborem ínsidens fontículo contíguam, ramúsculum ore diréptum in fontículum deiécit, cuius adminículo serváta Formíca evásit. Sed intérea áffuit Auceps, Colúmbae insídias tensúrus. Formíca tibiále gravíssime mordébat. Cui cum fricándi grátiam admonébat, percépit id Colúmba et impúne avolávit.



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:

Formica, ut sitim sedaret, fonticulum accessit, sed in fonticulum elapsa et paene lymphis absorpta est. Columba, arborem insidens fonticulo contiguam, ramusculum ore direptum in fonticulum deiecit, cuius adminiculo servata Formica evasit. Sed interea affuit Auceps, Columbae insidias tensurus. Formica tibiale gravissime mordebat. Cui cum fricandi gratiam admonebat, percepit id Columba et impune avolavit.



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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