Monday, June 1, 2009

Leo Senex in Spelunca (Gildersleeve)

SOURCE: A Latin Reader by Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve. For more information and other versions, see the links list for Perry 142 and also the page at, as well as the page 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:

Leō dēfectus annīs recubābat in spēluncā suā et aegrum simulābat. Vīsitātum rēgem complūrēs vēnērunt bestiae, quās prōtinus dēvorāvit. Accessit etiam vulpēs, sed cauta ante spēluncam procul stābat salūtans rēgem. Cūr nōn intrās? interrogāvit leō. Vulpēs respondit: Quod videō vestīgia intrantium multa, at nulla exeuntium.

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):

Leo deféctus annis recubábat in spelúnca sua et aegrum simulábat. Visitátum regem complúres venérunt béstiae, quas prótinus devorávit. Accéssit etiam vulpes, sed cauta ante spelúncam procul stabat salútans regem. Cur non intras? interrogávit leo. Vulpes respóndit: Quod vídeo vestígia intrántium multa, at nulla exeúntium.

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:

defectus annis
recubabat in spelunca sua
et aegrum simulabat.
Visitatum regem
complures venerunt bestiae,
quas protinus devoravit.
Accessit etiam vulpes,
sed cauta
ante speluncam procul stabat
salutans regem.
"Cur non intras?"
interrogavit leo.
Vulpes respondit:
"Quod video vestigia
intrantium multa,
at nulla exeuntium.

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

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