Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Aves et Quadrupedes (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:

Avibus cum Bestiīs asperrima pūgna erat, utrimque spēs, utrimque ingēns metus, utrimque perīculum, cum Vespertiliō, relictīs sociīs, ad hostem dēfēcit. Ad postrēmum vincunt Avēs, duce et auspice Aquilā. Trānsfugam vērō Vespertiliōnem damnant, ut nunquam iterum inter Avēs numerētur, nec amplius in lūce videātur. Et haec causa est cūr Vespertiliō nunquam, nisi nocte, volat.



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):

Ávibus cum Béstiis aspérrima pugna erat, utrímque spes, utrímque ingens metus, utrímque perículum, cum Vespertílio, relíctis sóciis, ad hostem defécit. Ad postrémum vincunt Aves, duce et aúspice Áquila. Tránsfugam vero Vespertiliónem damnant, ut nunquam íterum inter Aves numerétur, nec ámplius in luce videátur. Et haec causa est cur Vespertílio nunquam, nisi nocte, volat.



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:

Avibus cum Bestiis asperrima pugna erat, utrimque spes, utrimque ingens metus, utrimque periculum, cum Vespertilio, relictis sociis, ad hostem defecit. Ad postremum vincunt Aves, duce et auspice Aquila. Transfugam vero Vespertilionem damnant, ut nunquam iterum inter Aves numeretur, nec amplius in luce videatur. Et haec causa est cur Vespertilio nunquam, nisi nocte, volat.



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

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