Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Gallina quae Aurea Ova ponebat (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 87. In LaFontaine, the fable is 5.13, La Poule aux oeufs d'or.

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:

Avārus omnia cupiendō āmittit omnia, ut ille cuius gallīna aureum ōvum cotidiē pōnēbat. Quam, thēsaurum inesse ratus, occīsam aperuit. Quō factō nec novī quicquam invēnit, et quod bonī fuerat, sibi adēmit. Cēterōs avārōs quam bene monet! Multōs enim nunc dīvitiārum studio ad egestātem subitō redāctōs vidēmus.

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):

Avárus ómnia cupiéndo amíttit ómnia, ut ille cuius gallína aúreum ovum cotídie ponébat. Quam, thesaúrum inésse ratus, occísam apéruit. Quo facto nec novi quicquam invénit, et quod boni fúerat, sibi adémit. Céteros aváros quam bene monet! Multos enim nunc divitiárum stúdio ad egestátem súbito redáctos vidémus.

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:

omnia cupiendo
amittit omnia,
ut ille
cuius gallina
aureum ovum cotidie ponebat.
thesaurum inesse ratus,
occisam aperuit.
Quo facto
nec novi quicquam invenit,
et quod boni fuerat,
sibi ademit.
Ceteros avaros
quam bene monet!
Multos enim nunc
divitiarum studio
ad egestatem subito redactos videmus.

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

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