Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bellerophon: Consilio et virtute Chimaeram superari (Alciato)

SOURCE: The emblems of Alciato, with a convenient bilingual presentation online at Memorial University, and a marvelous collection of illustrated editions at Glasgow. This is emblem 14 in the collection. It is not traditionally part of the Aesopic corpus, but as "mythology moralized" it fits in nicely with the other fables.

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons in verse form, or macrons in prose order, or accent marks in prose order, or focusing on the meter. You will find materials for all of these options below. :-)


VERSE MACRONS. Here is the verse text with macrons:

Bellerophōn ut fortis eques superāre Chimaeram
Et Lyciī potuit sternere monstra solī;
Sīc tū Pēgaseīs vectus petis aethera pennīs.
Cōnsiliōque animī monstra superba domās.


PROSE MACRONS. Here is the same text with macrons written out in prose word order:

Ut Bellerophōn, eques fortis, Chimaeram superāre potuit, et Lyciī solī monstra sternere, sīc tū pennis Pēgaseīs vectus aethera petis, et animī cōnsiliō monstra superba domās.


STRESS (ACCENT) MARKS. Here is the prose text with accents, plus some color-coding for the words of three or more syllables (blue: penultimate stress; red: antepenultimate stress):

Ut Bellérophon, eques fortis, Chimaéram superáre pótuit, et Lýcii soli monstra stérnere, sic tu pennis Pegáseis vectus aéthera petis, et ánimi consílio monstra supérba domas.


ELEGIAC COUPLET METER. Below I have used an interpunct dot · to indicate the metrical elements in each line, and a double line || to indicate the hemistichs of the pentameter line.

Bellero·phōn ut· fortis e·ques supe·rāre Chi·maeram
Et Lyci·ī potu·it || sternere· monstra· solī;
Sīc tū· Pēgase·īs vec·tus petis· aethera· pennīs.
Cōnsili·ōqu~ ani·mī || monstra su·perba do·mās.


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



What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches:
Ut Bellerophon, eques fortis, Chimaeram superare potuit, et Lycii soli monstra sternere, sic tu pennis Pegaseis vectus aethera petis, et animi consilio monstra superba domas.

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