Monday, September 28, 2009

Canis et Bos (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:

In praesēpī faenī plēnō dēcumbēbat Canis. Venit Bōs ut comedat faenum, cum Canis, confestim sēsē ērigēns, tōta vōce ēlātrāvit. Cui Bōs: “Diī tē, cum istā tuā invidiā, perdant (inquit): nec enim faenō ipse vesceris, nec mē vescī sinēs.”



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):

In praesépi faeni pleno decumbébat Canis. Venit Bos ut cómedat faenum, cum Canis, conféstim sese érigens, tota voce elatrávit. Cui Bos: “Dii te, cum ista tua invídia, perdant (inquit): nec enim faeno ipse vésceris, nec me vesci sines.”



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:

In praesepi faeni pleno decumbebat Canis. Venit Bos ut comedat faenum, cum Canis, confestim sese erigens, tota voce elatravit. Cui Bos: “Dii te, cum ista tua invidia, perdant (inquit): nec enim faeno ipse vesceris, nec me vesci sines.”



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

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