Saturday, August 8, 2009

Rusticus et Silva (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:

Accēdēbat silvam Rūsticus et rogābat Arborēs ut sibi līgnum concēderent, ex quō ānsam secūris fabricāret. Concēdēbant līgnum illī Arborēs, quod ad domum dēportābat. Quō mox ad secūrim adaptātō, ad silvam redībat et omnēs Arborēs ad ūnum dētruncābat.

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):

Accedébat Silvam Rústicus et rogábat Árbores ut sibi lignum concéderent, ex quo ansam secúris fabricáret. Concedébant lignum illi Árbores, quod ad domum deportábat. Quo mox ad secúrim adaptáto, ad Silvam redíbat et omnes Árbores ad unum detruncábat.

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:

Accedebat Silvam Rusticus et rogabat Arbores ut sibi lignum concederent, ex quo ansam securis fabricaret. Concedebant lignum illi Arbores, quod ad domum deportabat. Quo mox ad securim adaptato, ad Silvam redibat et omnes Arbores ad unum detruncabat.

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

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