Saturday, July 11, 2009

Grus et Pavo (Via Latina)

SOURCE: Via Latina: An Easy Latin Reader. For more information and other versions, see the links list for Perry 294. You can find the word list for this fable online, and use it interactively! The only word that does not show up in the list is formositas, meaning "beauty, shapeliness."

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:

Pāvō cōram grue pennās suās explicāns, Quanta est, inquit, fōrmōsitās mea et tua dēfōrmitās! At grūs ēvolāns, Et quanta est, inquit, levitās mea et tua tarditās!

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):

Pavo coram grue pennas suas éxplicans, Quanta est, inquit, formósitas mea et tua defórmitas! At grus évolans, Et quanta est, inquit, lévitas mea et tua tárditas!

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:

coram grue
pennas suas explicans,
"Quanta est (inquit)
formositas mea
et tua deformitas!"
At grus evolans,
"Et quanta est (inquit)
levitas mea
et tua tarditas!"

IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) by Milo Winter:

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