Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Milvus et Mus (Gallup)

SOURCE: A Latin Reader by Frank A. Gallup (1913) at GoogleBooks. For more information and other versions, see Abstemius 70. You can find the word list for this fable online, and use it interactively (here are some tips on how to make best use of the tool).

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:

Milvus, laqueīs irretītus, mūsculum exōrāvit: Mē līberā hīs plagīs. Quod mūsculus facile fēcit. Milvus, līberātus, mūrem dēvorāvit. Quam grātiam malī prō beneficiīs reddere solent!

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):

Milvus, láqueis irretítus, músculum exorávit: Me líbera his plagis. Quod músculus fácile fecit. Milvus, liberátus, murem devorávit. Quam grátiam mali pro benefíciis réddere solent!

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:

laqueis irretitus,
musculum exoravit:
"Me libera his plagis."
musculus facile fecit.

, liberatus,
murem devoravit.
Quam gratiam
mali pro beneficiis reddere solent!

IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source), showing a kite:

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