Sunday, November 1, 2009

Vulpes et Pardus (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:

Vulpēs et Pardus dē pulchritūdine concertābant et, Pardō suam pellem versicolorem extollente, Vulpēs, cum suam praepōnere nōn possit, dīcēbat Pardō, “At quantō ego sum speciōsior, et quam longē formōsior, quae nōn corpus, sed animum versicolorem et variīs notīs īnsignem sortīta sum?”

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):

Vulpes et Pardus de pulchritúdine concertábant et, Pardo suam pellem versicólorem extollénte, Vulpes, cum suam praepónere non possit, dicébat Pardo, “At quanto ego sum speciósior, et quam longe formósior, quae non corpus, sed ánimum versicólorem et váriis notis insígnem sortíta sum?”

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:

Vulpes et Pardus de pulchritudine concertabant et, Pardo suam pellem versicolorem extollente, Vulpes, cum suam praeponere non possit, dicebat Pardo, “At quanto ego sum speciosior, et quam longe formosior, quae non corpus, sed animum versicolorem et variis notis insignem sortita sum?”

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

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