Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Senex et Mors (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:

Fasce praegravātus Senex, et misellae suae pertaesus sortis, Mortem invocābat, ut fīnem aerumnōsae vītae tandem dēfīgeret. Invocāta advēnit Mors, percontāta Senex quid sēcum velit; ad cūius adventum territus, nil respondit sed “Ut auxiliō mihi sīs, et fascem collapsum rursus umerīs impōnās!”



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):

Fasce praegravátus Senex, et miséllae suae pertaésus sortis, Mortem invocábat, ut finem aerumnósae vitae tandem defígeret. Invocáta ádvenit Mors, percontáta Senex quid secum velit; ad cuius advéntum térritus, nil respóndit sed “Ut auxílio mihi sis, et fascem collápsum rursus úmeris impónas!”



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:

Fasce praegravatus Senex, et misellae suae pertaesus sortis, Mortem invocabat, ut finem aerumnosae vitae tandem defigeret. Invocata advenit Mors, percontata Senex quid secum velit; ad cuius adventum territus, nil respondit sed “Ut auxilio mihi sis, et fascem collapsum rursus umeris imponas!”



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

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