Friday, June 19, 2009

Lupus et Grus (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:

Lupus, osse in gutture retentō, cum multum cruciārētur, Grui pretium obtulit, sī illūd ē gutture extraheret. Grūs autem, cum ōs ē gutture Lupī extraxerat, pretium sibi promissum postulat. Cui Lupus, subrīdēns simulque dentēs acuēns, dīxit, “Satis pretiī tibi esse dēbet quod ex meō ōre caput sine capitis iactūrā ēdūxeris.”



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):

Lupus, osse in gútture reténto, cum multum cruciarétur, Grui prétium óbtulit, si illud e gútture extráheret. Grus autem, cum os e gútture Lupi extráxerat, prétium sibi promíssum póstulat. Cui Lupus, subrídens simúlque dentes ácuens, dixit, “Satis prétii tibi esse debet quod ex meo ore caput sine cápitis iactúra edúxeris.”



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:

Lupus, osse in gutture retento, cum multum cruciaretur, Grui pretium obtulit, si illud e gutture extraheret. Grus autem, cum os e gutture Lupi extraxerat, pretium sibi promissum postulat. Cui Lupus, subridens simulque dentes acuens, dixit, “Satis pretii tibi esse debet quod ex meo ore caput sine capitis iactura eduxeris.”



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

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