Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mulier et Gallina (J&D)

SOURCE: Second Latin Book: Jacobs' and Doering's Latin Reader (1845) at GoogleBooks. For more information and other versions of this fable, see the links list for Perry 58.

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:

Mulier vidua gallīnam habēbat, quae eī quotīdiē ūnum ōvum pariēbat. Illa existimābat, sī gallīnam dīligentius sagīnāret, fore ut illa bīna aut terna ōva quotīdiē pareret. Cum autem cibō superfluō gallīna pinguis esset facta, plānē ōva parere dēsiit. Haec fābula docet avāritiam saepe damnōsam esse.

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):

Múlier vídua gallínam habébat, quae ei quotídie unum ovum pariébat. Illa existimábat, si gallínam diligéntius sagináret, fore ut illa bina aut terna ova quotídie páreret. Cum autem cibo supérfluo gallína pinguis esset facta, plane ova párere désiit. Haec fábula docet avarítiam saepe damnósam esse.

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:

Mulier vidua
gallinam habebat,
quae ei quotidie
unum ovum pariebat.
Illa existimabat,
si gallinam diligentius saginaret,
fore ut illa
bina aut terna ova quotidie pareret.
Cum autem cibo superfluo
gallina pinguis esset facta,
plane ova parere desiit.
Haec fabula docet
saepe damnosam esse.

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

Here is an illustration from the Medici Aesop, which is online at the New York Public Library website.

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