Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Canes Famelici et Corium (Phaedrus)

SOURCE: For a complete edition of Phaedrus with macrons, see the edition by J.H. Drake at GoogleBooks. This is fable 1.20 in Phaedrus. For parallel versions, see Perry 135.

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 iambic meter. You will find materials for all of these options below. :-)


VERSE MACRONS. Here is the verse text with macrons:

Stultum cōnsilium nōn modo effectū caret,
sed ad perniciem quoque mortālēs dēvocat.
Corium dēpressum in fluviō vīdērunt canēs.
Id ut comēsse extractum possent facilius,
aquam coepēre ēbibere: sed ruptī prius
periēre quam quod petierant contingerent.



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

Stultum cōnsilium nōn modo effectū caret, sed quoque ad perniciem mortālēs dēvocat. Canēs corium in fluviō dēpressum vīdērunt. Ut id extractum facilius comēsse possent, aquam ēbibere coepēre: sed ruptī prius periēre quam contingerent quod petierant.


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):

Stultum consílium non modo efféctu caret, sed quoque ad perníciem mortáles dévocat. Canes córium in flúvio depréssum vidérunt. Ut id extráctum facílius comésse possent, aquam ebíbere coepére: sed rupti prius periére quam contíngerent quod petíerant.


IAMBIC METER. Here is the verse text with some color coding to assist in the iambic meter. The disyllabic elements (iambs/spondees) are not marked, but the trisyllabic elements are color-coded: dactyls are red, anapests are purple, and tribrachs are green (as is any proceleusmaticus, although that is a rare creature):

Stultum· cōnsili·um nōn· mod~ e·ffectū· caret,
sed ad· pernici·em quoque· mortā·lēs dē·vocat.
Corium· dēpres·s~ in fluvi·ō vī·dērunt· canēs.
Id ut· comēs·s~ extrac·tum pos·sent faci·lius,
aquam· coepēr~· ēbibe·re: sed· ruptī· prius
periē·re quam· quod peti·erant· contin·gerent.



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



What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches:
Stultum consilium non modo effectu caret, sed quoque ad perniciem mortales devocat. Canes corium in fluvio depressum viderunt. Ut id extractum facilius comesse possent, aquam ebibere coepere: sed rupti prius periere quam contingerent quod petierant.

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