Friday, March 19, 2010

Asinus Sale Onustus (Yenni)

SOURCE: A Grammar of the Latin Language, by D. Yenni (1845) at GoogleBooks. For more information and other versions of this fable, see the links list for Perry 180.

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:

Asinus sale onustus fluvium trānsiit et titubāns in aquam dēcidit. Cum surgeret, onus nōn nihil levātum esse sēnsit; sal enim in aquā dēlicuerat. Quā rē gāvīsus, cum posteā spongiīs onustus ad fluvium accēderet, spērāvit, sī rursus collāberētur, fore ut onus fīeret levius. Quārē dē industriā lapsus est. Spongiīs autem madefactīs exsurgere nēquīvit ideoque onerī succumbēns miserē in aquā periit.


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):

Ásinus sale onústus flúvium tránsiit et títubans in aquam décidit. Cum súrgeret, onus non nihil levátum esse sensit; sal enim in aqua delicúerat. Qua re gavísus, cum póstea spóngiis onústus ad flúvium accéderet, sperávit, si rursus collaberétur, fore ut onus fíeret lévius. Quare de indústria lapsus est. Spóngiis autem madefáctis exsúrgere nequívit ideóque óneri succúmbens mísere in aqua périit.


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:

Asinus sale onustus
fluvium transiit
et titubans
in aquam decidit.
Cum surgeret,
onus
non nihil
levatum esse sensit;
sal enim
in aqua delicuerat.
Qua re gavisus,
cum postea
spongiis onustus
ad fluvium accederet,
speravit,
si rursus collaberetur,
fore ut onus fieret levius.
Quare
de industria lapsus est.
Spongiis autem madefactis
exsurgere nequivit
ideoque oneri succumbens;
misere in aqua periit.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing a donkey crossing a stream!



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