Thursday, April 15, 2010

Asinus et Aper (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 102 in Barlow. For parallel versions, see Perry 484.

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 occurrēns Aprō cachinnīs illum iocōsē excēpit, percontātus dē mōribus eius et parentibus et līberālī ēducātiōne, inquiēns praetereā sē servulum sibi futūrum et sī quid foret quod illī in mandātīs praeciperet. Cui torvus et īrācundus Aper ait, Abī, īnsulsum animal! Nōlō ōs contāmināre colloquiō tam vēcordis bēluae.


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 occúrrens Apro cachínnis illum iocóse excépit, percontátus de móribus eius et paréntibus et liberáli educatióne, ínquiens praetérea se sérvulum sibi futúrum et si quid foret quod illi in mandátis praecíperet. Cui torvus et iracúndus Aper ait, Abi, insúlsum ánimal! Nolo os contamináre collóquio tam vecórdis béluae.


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
occurrens Apro
cachinnis illum iocose excepit,
percontatus
de moribus eius et parentibus
et liberali educatione,
inquiens praeterea
se servulum sibi futurum
et si quid foret
quod illi in mandatis praeciperet.
Cui
torvus et iracundus Aper ait,
Abi, insulsum animal!
Nolo os contaminare
colloquio tam vecordis beluae.



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




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