Saturday, August 1, 2009

Pavo et Iuno (Via Latina)

SOURCE: Via Latina: An Easy Latin Reader. For more information and other versions, see the links list for Perry 509. 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:

Pāvō graviter conquerēbātur apud Iūnōnem, dominam suam, quod vōcis suāvitās sibi negāta esset dum luscinia, avis tam parum decōra, cantū excellat. Cuī Iūnō, Et meritō, inquit; nōn enim omnia bona in ūnum cōnferrī oportuit.

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 gráviter conquerebátur apud Iunónem, dóminam suam, quod vocis suávitas sibi negáta esset dum luscínia, avis tam parum decóra, cantu excéllat. Cui Iuno, Et mérito, inquit; non enim ómnia bona in unum conférri opórtuit.

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:

graviter conquerebatur
apud Iunonem,
dominam suam,
vocis suavitas
sibi negata esset
dum luscinia,
avis tam parum decora,
cantu excellat.
Cui Iuno,
"Et merito (inquit);
non enim omnia bona
in unum conferri oportuit."

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

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