Monday, March 1, 2010

Mons Parturiens (Phaedrus)

SOURCE: For a complete edition of Phaedrus with macrons, see the edition by J.H. Drake at GoogleBooks. This is fable 4.24 in Phaedrus. For parallel versions, see Perry 520.

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 iambic meter. You will find materials for all of these options below. :-)


VERSE MACRONS. Here is the verse text with macrons:

Mōns parturībat, gemitūs immānēs ciēns,
eratque in terrīs māxima expectātiō.
At ille mūrem peperit. Hoc scrīptum est tibi,
quī, māgna cum mināris, extrīcās nihil.



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

Mōns parturībat, gemitūs immānēs ciēns, et expectātiō māxima erat in terrīs. At ille mūrem peperit. Hoc tibi scrīptum est, quī, cum māgna mināris, nihil extrīcās.


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):

Mons parturíbat, gémitus immánes ciens, et expectátio máxima erat in terris. At ille murem péperit. Hoc tibi scriptum est, qui, cum magna mináris, nihil extrícas.


IAMBIC METER. Here is the verse text with some color coding to assist in the iambic meter. The disyllabic elements (iambs/spondees) are not marked, but the trisyllabic elements are color-coded: dactyls are red, anapests are purple, and tribrachs are green (as is any proceleusmaticus, although that is a rare creature); for more information, here are some Notes on Iambic Meter.

Mōns par·turī·bat, gemi·tūs im·mānēs· ciēns,
erat·qu~ in ter·rīs māx·im~ ex·pectā·tiō.
At il·le mū·rem pepe·rit. Hoc· scrīpt~ est· tibi,
quī, māg·na cum· minā·ris, ex·trīcās· nihil.



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


What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches:
Mons parturibat, gemitus immanes ciens, et expectatio maxima erat in terris. At ille murem peperit. Hoc tibi scriptum est, qui, cum magna minaris, nihil extricas.

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