Thursday, November 19, 2009

Agricola et Ciconia (Barlow)

SOURCE: Aesop's Fables in Latin. For more information and reading help for this fable, see 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:

Laqueum praetendit Rūsticus gruibus ānseribusque, sata dēpascentibus. Capitur et Cicōnia. Supplicat illa et innocentem sēsē clāmitat, nec gruem nec ānserem esse, sed avium omnium optimam, quippe quae parentibus sēdulō īnservīre eundemque seniō confectum alere cōnsuēverat. Agricola: “ Hōrum (inquit) nihil mē fugit; vērum cum nocentibus postquam tē cēpī, cum nocentibus moriēris.”



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):

Láqueum praeténdit Rústicus grúibus anseribúsque, sata depascéntibus. Cápitur et Cicónia. Súpplicat illa et innocéntem sese clámitat, nec Gruem nec Ánserem esse, sed ávium ómnium óptimam, quippe quae paréntibus sédulo inservíre eundémque sénio conféctum álere consuéverat. Agrícola: “Horum (inquit) nihil me fugit; verum cum nocéntibus postquam te cepi, cum nocéntibus moriéris.”



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:

Laqueum praetendit Rusticus gruibus anseribusque, sata depascentibus. Capitur et Ciconia. Supplicat illa et innocentem sese clamitat, nec Gruem nec Anserem esse, sed avium omnium optimam, quippe quae parentibus sedulo inservire eundemque senio confectum alere consueverat. Agricola: “Horum (inquit) nihil me fugit; verum cum nocentibus postquam te cepi, cum nocentibus morieris.”



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

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