Monday, November 2, 2009

Canis et Boves (Via Latina)

SOURCE: Via Latina. For more information and other versions, see the links list for Perry 702.

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:

Canis iacēbat in praesēpī bovēsque lātrandō ā pābulō arcēbat. Cuī ūnus boum, Quanta ista, inquit, invidia est, quod nōn pateris, ut eō cibō vescāmur, quem tū ipse capere nec velīs nec possīs!


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):

Canis iacébat in praesépi bovésque latrándo a pábulo arcébat. Cui unus boum, Quanta ista, inquit, invídia est, quod non páteris, ut eo cibo vescámur, quem tu ipse cápere nec velis nec possis!


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:

Canis
iacebat in praesepi
bovesque
latrando a pabulo arcebat.
Cui unus boum,
Quanta ista, inquit, invidia est,
quod
non pateris,
ut eo cibo vescamur,
quem tu ipse
capere nec velis nec possis!



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) from a Renaissance edition of Aesop:

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