Monday, September 21, 2009

Senex et Mors (Gildersleeve)

SOURCE: A Latin Reader by Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve. For more information and other versions, see the links list for Perry 60 and also the page at Aesopus Ning.

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:

Senex quīdam ligna in silvā cecīderat, et, fasce in humerōs sublātō, domum redīre coepit. Cum fatīgātus esset et onere et itinere, dēposuit ligna et, senectūtis et inopiae miseriās sēcum reputans, clārā vōce invocāvit Mortem, ut sē omnibus malīs līberāret. Mox adest Mors et interrogat, quid vellet. Tum senex perterritus: Prō! Hunc lignōrum fascem, quaesō, humerīs meīs impōnās.



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):

Senex quidam ligna in silva cecíderat, et, fasce in húmeros subláto, domum redíre coepit. Cum fatigátus esset et ónere et itínere, depósuit ligna et, senectútis et inópiae misérias secum réputans, clara voce invocávit Mortem, ut se ómnibus malis liberáret. Mox adest Mors et intérrogat, quid vellet. Tum senex pertérritus: Pro! Hunc lignórum fascem, quaeso, húmeris meis impónas.


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:

Senex quidam
ligna in silva ceciderat,
et, fasce in humeros sublato,
domum redire coepit.
Cum fatigatus esset
et onere et itinere,
deposuit ligna
et,
senectutis et inopiae miserias
secum reputans,
clara voce
invocavit Mortem,
ut se omnibus malis liberaret.
Mox adest Mors
et interrogat quid vellet.
Tum senex perterritus:
"Pro!
Hunc lignorum fascem,
quaeso,
humeris meis imponas."



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

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