Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sol et Ventus (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:

Sōl et Aquilō certābant uter sit fortior. Conventum est experīrī vīrēs in Viātōrem, ut palmam ferat quī excusserit Viātōris manticam. Boreās horrisonō turbine Viātōrem aggreditur. At ille nōn dēsistit, amictum gradiendō duplicāns. Assūmit vīrēs Sōl quī, nimbō paulātim ēvictō, tōtōs ēmōlītur radiōs. Incipit Viātor aestuāre, sūdāre, anhēlāre. Tandem prōgredī nequiēns, sub frondōsō nemore, obiectā manticā, resēdit et ita Sōlī victōria contingēbat.



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):

Sol et Áquilo certábant uter sit fórtior. Convéntum est experíri vires in Viatórem, ut palmam ferat qui excússerit Viatóris mánticam. Bóreas horrísono túrbine Viatórem aggréditur. At ille non desístit, amíctum gradiéndo dúplicans. Assúmit vires Sol qui, nimbo paulátim evícto, totos emolítur rádios. Íncipit Viátor aestuáre, sudáre, anheláre. Tandem prógredi néquiens, sub frondóso némore, obiécta mántica, resédit et ita Soli victória contingébat.


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:

Sol et Aquilo certabant uter sit fortior. Conventum est experiri vires in Viatorem, ut palmam ferat qui excusserit Viatoris manticam. Boreas horrisono turbine Viatorem aggreditur. At ille non desistit, amictum gradiendo duplicans. Assumit vires Sol qui, nimbo paulatim evicto, totos emolitur radios. Incipit Viator aestuare, sudare, anhelare. Tandem progredi nequiens, sub frondoso nemore, obiecta mantica, resedit et ita Soli victoria contingebat.



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



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