Thursday, September 24, 2009

Rusticus et Aratrum Eius (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:

Rūsticī arātrum haeret in profundō lutō. Mox prōstrātus, Herculem implōrat, cum statim vox ā caelō audītur: “Inepte, flagellātō equōs et ipse tōtīs vīribus umerīsque annītere rotīs! Et deinde Herculem invocātō! Tunc enim tibi propitius Herculēs aderit.”

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):

Rústici arátrum haeret in profúndo luto. Mox prostrátus, Hérculem implórat, cum statim vox a caelo audítur: “Inépte, flagelláto equos et ipse totis víribus umerísque annítere rotis! Et deinde Hérculem invocáto! Tunc enim tibi propítius Hércules áderit.”

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:

Rustici aratrum haeret in profundo luto. Mox prostratus, Herculem implorat, cum statim vox a caelo auditur: “Inepte, flagellato equos et ipse totis viribus umerisque annitere rotis! Et deinde Herculem invocato! Tunc enim tibi propitius Hercules aderit.”

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

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