Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Homo Glorians (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 33.

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:

Homo quīdam reversus in pātriam, unde aliquot abfuerat annōs, ubīque glōriābātur iactābatque praeclāra sua facinora. Inter alia narrābat in īnsulā Rhodō saliendō sē vīcisse optimōs in hāc exercitātione artificēs. Ostendēbat etiam spatiī longitūdinem, quam praeter sē nēmō potuisset saltū superāre, cuius saltūs testēs sē habēre ūniversōs Rhodiōs dīcēbat. Tum ūnus ex adstantibus: Heus tū (inquit), sī vēra narrās, nihil opus est istīs testibus. Hīc Rhodum esse putā, hīc saltā.


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):

Homo quidam revérsus in pátriam, unde áliquot abfúerat annos, úbique gloriabátur iactabátque praeclára sua facínora. Inter ália narrábat in ínsula Rhodo saliéndo se vicísse óptimos in hac exercitatióne artífices. Ostendébat étiam spátii longitúdinem, quam praeter se nemo potuísset saltu superáre, cuius saltus testes se habére univérsos Rhódios dicébat. Tum unus ex adstántibus: Heus tu (inquit), si vera narras, nihil opus est istis téstibus. Hic Rhodum esse puta, hic salta.


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:

Homo quidam
reversus in patriam,
unde aliquot abfuerat annos,
ubique gloriabatur iactabatque
praeclara sua facinora.
Inter alia narrabat
in insula Rhodo
saliendo se vicisse
optimos in hac exercitatione artifices.
Ostendebat etiam
spatii longitudinem,
quam
praeter se
nemo potuisset saltu superare,
cuius saltus
testes se habere
universos Rhodios
dicebat.
Tum unus ex adstantibus:
Heus tu (inquit),
si vera narras,
nihil opus est istis testibus.
Hic Rhodum esse puta,
hic salta.



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


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

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