Monday, February 8, 2010

Testudo et Iovis Nuptiae (Dana)

SOURCE: Liber Primus, by Joseph Dana (1832) at GoogleBooks. For more information and other versions of this fable, see the links list for Perry 106.

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:

Cum Iūpiter Iūnōnem dūxisset, invītāsse ad nuptiāle convīvium omnēs animantēs trāditur. Quae cum tempestīvē advēnissent, sōla cessāvit testūdo: dē quā cum causam morae sciscitārētur, rēspondit illa, suam cuique domum grātissimam esse. Itaque īrātus Iūpiter hāc eam poenā affēcit, ut affixam perpetuō sibi domum suam gestāre cōgerētur.



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):

Cum Iúpiter Iunónem duxísset, invitásse ad nuptiále convívium omnes animántes tráditur. Quae cum tempestíve adveníssent, sola cessávit testúdo: de qua cum causam morae sciscitarétur, respóndit illa, suam cuique domum gratíssimam esse. Ítaque irátus Iúpiter hac eam poena affécit, ut áffixam perpétuo sibi domum suam gestáre cogerétur.



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:

Cum Iupiter Iunonem duxisset,
invitasse ad nuptiale convivium
omnes animantes
traditur.
Quae cum tempestive advenissent,
sola cessavit testudo:
de qua
cum causam morae sciscitaretur,
respondit illa,
suam cuique domum
gratissimam esse.
Itaque iratus
Iupiter hac eam poena affecit,
ut affixam perpetuo sibi
domum suam
gestare cogeretur.



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




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