Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Phaethon: In temerarios (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 56 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:

Aspicis aurīgam currūs Phaethonta paternī
Ignivomōs ausum flectere Sōlis equōs;
Maxima quī postquam terrīs incendia sparsit,
Est temerē insessō lapsus ab axe miser.
Sīc plērīque rotīs fortūnae ad sīdera rēgēs
Ēvectī, ambitiō quōs iuvenīlis agit;
Post māgnam hūmānī generis clādemque suamque,
Cunctōrum poenās dēnique dant scelerum.


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

Aspicis Phaethonta aurīgam equōs currūs paternī Sōlis ignivomōs flectere ausum, quī postquam incendia maxima terrīs sparsit; miser ab axe insessō temerē lapsus est. Sīc plērīque rēgēs, fortūnae rotīs ad sīdera ēvectī, quōs ambitiō iuvenīlis agit, post hūmānī generis clādem māgnam suamque, dēnique scelerum cunctōrum poenās dant.


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):

Áspicis Phaethónta aurígam equos currus patérni Solis ignívomos fléctere ausum, qui postquam incéndia máxima terris sparsit; miser ab axe insésso témere lapsus est. Sic pleríque reges, fortúnae rotis ad sídera evécti, quos ambítio iuvenílis agit, post humáni géneris cladem suam magnámque, deníque scélerum cunctórum poenas dant.


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.

Aspicis aurīgam currūs Phaethonta paternī
Ignivo·mōs au·sum || flectere· Sōlis e·quōs;
Maxima quī postquam terrīs incendia sparsit,
Est temer~· inses·sō || lapsus a·b axe mi·ser.
Sīc plērīque rotīs fortūnae ad sīdera rēgēs
Ēvect~,· ambiti·ō || quōs iuve·nīlis a·git;
Post māgnam hūmānī generis clādemque suamque,
Cunctō·rum poe·nās || dēnique· dant scele·rum.


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



What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches: Aspicis Phaethonta aurigam equos currus paterni Solis ignivomos flectere ausum, qui postquam incendia maxima terris sparsit; miser ab axe insesso temere lapsus est. Sic plerique reges, fortunae rotis ad sidera evecti, quos ambitio iuvenilis agit, post humani generis cladem magnam suamque, denique scelerum cunctorum poenas dant.

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