Monday, October 19, 2009

Agricola et Filii (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:

Agricola, Fīliōs suōs vidēns quotīdiē lītigantēs, iussit fasciculum virgārum sibi afferrī. Quae cum allātae essent, colligāvit omnēs in ūnum fasciculum, iussitque singulōs Fīliōrum fasciculum capere et confringere. Illīs vērō confringere nōn valentibus, solvēns posteā fasciculum, trādidit singulās singulīs eīs frangendās, atque, illīs statim facileque frangentibus, dīxit, “Ita et vōs, Fīlii meī, sī ūnanimēs perstiteritis, invictōs vōs hostibus praebēbitis. Sīn minus, ipsa vestra aemulātiō opportūnam vōs praedam inimīcīs praestabit.”



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):

Agrícola, Fílios suos videns quotídie litigántes, iussit fascículum virgárum sibi afférri. Quae cum allátae essent, colligávit omnes in unum fascículum, iussítque síngulos Filiórum fascículum cápere et confríngere. Illis vero confríngere non valéntibus, solvens póstea fascículum, trádidit síngulas síngulis eis frangéndas, atque, illis statim faciléque frangéntibus, dixit, “Ita et vos, Fílii mei, si unánimes perstitéritis, invíctos vos hóstibus praebébitis. Sin minus, ipsa vestra aemulátio opportúnam vos praedam inimícis praestábit.”


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:

Agricola, Filios suos videns quotidie litigantes, iussit fasciculum virgarum sibi afferri. Quae cum allatae essent, colligavit omnes in unum fasciculum, iussitque singulos Filiorum fasciculum capere et confringere. Illis vero confringere non valentibus, solvens postea fasciculum, tradidit singulas singulis eis frangendas, atque, illis statim facileque frangentibus, dixit, “Ita et vos, Filii mei, si unanimes perstiteritis, invictos vos hostibus praebebitis. Sin minus, ipsa vestra aemulatio opportunam vos praedam inimicis praestabit.”



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



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