Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Aquila et Corvus (Barlow)

SOURCE: You can find Francis Barlow's illustrated edition of Aesop's fables (1687 edition) available online at Michigan State University. I've also transcribed the fables at the Aesopus wiki, with page images at Aesopica.net. This is fable 91 in Barlow. For parallel versions, see Perry 2.

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:

Rūpe ēditissimā in Agnī tergum dēvolat Aquila. Vidēns id Corvus imitārī, velut Sīmia, gestit Aquilam. In Ariētis vellus sē dimittit, dimissus impedītur, impedītus comprehenditur, comprehēnsus proiicitur pueris. Nōn aliōrum, sed suā sē quisque virtūte aestimet. Tuō tē pede mētīre, inquit Horātius. Id velīs, id tentēs quod possīs.


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):

Rupe editíssima in Agni tergum dévolat Áquila. Videns id Corvus imitári, velut Símia, gestit Áquilam. In Ariétis vellus se dimíttit, dimíssus impedítur, impedítus comprehénditur, comprehénsus proiícitur púeris. Non aliórum, sed sua se quisque virtúte aéstimet. Tuo te pede metíre, inquit Horátius. Id velis, id tentes quod possis.


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:

Rupe editissima
in Agni tergum devolat
Aquila.
Videns id Corvus
imitari, velut Simia, gestit Aquilam.
In Arietis vellus
se dimittit,
dimissus impeditur,
impeditus comprehenditur,
comprehensus proiicitur pueris.
Non aliorum,
sed sua
se quisque virtute aestimet.
Tuo te pede metire, inquit Horatius.
Id velis, id tentes quod possis.



IMAGE. Here is Francis Barlow's illustration for the story:




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