Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rana et Bos (Porta Latina)

SOURCE: The text is taken from the Latin textbook Porta Latina: Fables of La Fontaine by Frank Gardner Moore, available at GoogleBooks. You can consult the textbook for vocabulary and also for notes on each fable. For more information and other versions of this fable, see Perry 376. In LaFontaine, the fable is 1.3, La Grenouille qui veut se faire aussi grosse que le Boeuf.

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:

Rāna quaedam, bovem pulcherrimum cōnspicāta, quamquam ipsa vix maior quam ōvum erat, nītendō atque īnflandō parem sē illī reddere cōnābātur. "Vidē," inquit, "soror mea, satisne hoc est? Dīc! Nōnne aequē iam magna sum? "Haudquāquam." "At nunc mē vidē!" "Nihil est." "Ecce autem!" "Nē nunc quidem quicquam agis." Ita illa miserē nītendō sē rūpit.


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):

Rana quaedam, bovem pulchérrimum conspicáta, quamquam ipsa vix maior quam ovum erat, niténdo atque inflándo parem se illi réddere conabátur. "Vide," inquit, "soror mea, satísne hoc est? Dic! Nonne aeque iam magna sum? "Haudquáquam." "At nunc me vide!" "Nihil est." "Ecce autem!" "Ne nunc quidem quicquam agis." Ita illa mísere niténdo se rupit.


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; I've inserted spaces between the segments to make it easier to follow:

Rana quaedam,
bovem pulcherrimum conspicata,
quamquam ipsa
vix maior quam ovum erat,
nitendo atque inflando
parem se illi reddere conabatur.
"Vide," inquit, "soror mea,
satisne hoc est?
Dic! Nonne aeque iam magna sum?
"Haudquaquam."
"At nunc me vide!"
"Nihil est."
"Ecce autem!"
"Ne nunc quidem quicquam agis."
Ita illa misere nitendo se rupit.



IMAGE. Here is the illustration of the fable by Aractingy:

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