Sunday, July 12, 2009

Vulpecula et Ciconia (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:

Vulpēcula ad cēnam invītāvit Cicōniam, obsōniumque in mēnsam effundit et, cum liquidum esset, linguā lingēbat, quod Cicōnia frustrā rostrō tentāvit. Abit ēlūsa Avis, pudet pigetque iniūriae. Paucīs diēbus interlapsīs, invītat ad cēnam Vulpēculam. Vitreum vās situm erat, obsōniī plēnum. Quod cum esset artī gutturis, Vulpēculae licuit obsōnium vidēre, gustāre nōn licuit. Cicōnia enim rostrō facile exhausit.



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):

Vulpécula ad cenam invitávit Cicóniam, obsoniúmque in mensam effúndit et, cum líquidum esset, língua lingébat, quod Cicónia frustra rostro tentávit. Abit elúsa Avis, pudet pigétque iniúriae. Paucis diébus interlápsis, invítat ad cenam Vulpéculam. Vítreum vas situm erat, obsónii plenum. Quod cum esset arti gútturis, Vulpéculae lícuit obsónium vidére, gustáre non lícuit. Cicónia enim rostro fácile exhaúsit.



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:

Vulpecula ad cenam invitavit Ciconiam, obsoniumque in mensam effundit et, cum liquidum esset, lingua lingebat, quod Ciconia frustra rostro tentavit. Abit elusa Avis, pudet pigetque iniuriae. Paucis diebus interlapsis, invitat ad cenam Vulpeculam. Vitreum vas situm erat, obsonii plenum. Quod cum esset arti gutturis, Vulpeculae licuit obsonium videre, gustare non licuit. Ciconia enim rostro facile exhausit.



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

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