Thursday, September 3, 2009

Vulpes et Aquila (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:

Dum Vulpis prōles forīs excurrēbant, ab Aquilā comprehēnsae Mātris fidem implōrābant. Accurrit Vulpēs Aquilamque rogat ut captīvam prōlem dīmittat. Aquila, nacta praedam, ad pullōs subvolat. Vulpēs, correptā face, quasi nīdum incendiō absūmptūra esset, īnsequitur. Trepidāns Aquila: “Parce (inquit) mihi parvīsque līberīs, et tuum quidquid habeō reddiderō.”



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):

Dum Vulpis Proles foris excurrébant, ab Áquila comprehénsae Matris fidem implorábant. Áccurrit Vulpes Aquilámque rogat ut captívam Prolem dimíttat. Áquila, nacta praedam, ad Pullos súbvolat. Vulpes, corrépta face, quasi nidum incéndio absumptúra esset, inséquitur. Trépidans Áquila: “Parce (inquit) mihi parvísque Líberis, et tuum quidquid hábeo reddídero.”



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:

Dum Vulpis Proles foris excurrebant, ab Aquila comprehensae Matris fidem implorabant. Accurrit Vulpes Aquilamque rogat ut captivam Prolem dimittat. Aquila, nacta praedam, ad Pullos subvolat. Vulpes, correpta face, quasi nidum incendio absumptura esset, insequitur. Trepidans Aquila: “Parce (inquit) mihi parvisque Liberis, et tuum quidquid habeo reddidero.”



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