Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ranae et Iupiter (Via Latina)

SOURCE: Via Latina. For more information and other versions, see the links list for Perry 44.

NoDictionaries.com: 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:

Rānae aliquandō rēgem sibi ā Iove petīvisse dīcuntur. Quārum ille precibus exōrātus trabem ingentem in lacum dēiēcit. Rānae sonitū perterritae prīmum refūgēre, deinde vērō, trabem in aquā nātantem cōnspicātae, māgnō cum contemptū in eā cōnsēdērunt aliumque sibi novīs clāmōribus rēgem expetīvērunt. Tum Iupiter, eārum stultitiam pūnītūrus, hydrum illīs mīsit, ā quō cum plūrimae captae perīrent, sērō eās stolidārum precum paenituit.



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):

Ranae aliquándo regem sibi a Iove petivísse dicúntur. Quárum ille précibus exorátus trabem ingéntem in lacum deiécit. Ranae sónitu pertérritae primum refúgere, deinde vero, trabem in aqua natántem conspicátae, magno cum contémptu in ea consedérunt aliúmque sibi novis clamóribus regem expetivérunt. Tum Iúpiter, eárum stultítiam punitúrus, hydrum illis misit, a quo cum plúrimae captae perírent, sero eas stolidárum precum paenítuit.



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:

Ranae aliquando
regem sibi
a Iove petivisse dicuntur.
Quarum ille precibus exoratus
trabem ingentem
in lacum deiecit.
Ranae sonitu perterritae
primum refugere,
deinde vero,
trabem in aqua natantem
conspicatae,
magno cum contemptu
in ea consederunt
aliumque sibi novis clamoribus regem
expetiverunt.
Tum Iupiter,
earum stultitiam puniturus,
hydrum illis misit,
a quo
cum plurimae captae perirent,
sero eas
stolidarum precum paenituit.



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

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