Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Canis et Asinus (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 81 in Barlow. For parallel versions, see Perry 91.

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:

Dum blandīrētur Canis Herō et Familiae, Herus et Familia Canem dēmulcent. Quod Asellus vidēns coepit eum pigere sortis suae, inīquē etenim putābat comparātum: Canem grātum esse omnibus et dē mēnsā Herīlī pascī, idque ōtiō lūdōque cōnsequī: sēsē contrā nunquam ōtiōsum esse, portāre clītellās, quotīdiānō caedī flagellō et odiōsum praetereā omnibus habērī. Artem igitur statuēbat īnsectarī quae tam multīs ūtilis esset. Herō igitur domum redeuntī obviam occurrit, subsilit, pulsatque ungulīs. Exclāmante Herō, accurrēbant Servī et ineptus Asellus, quī sē urbānum crēdidit, fuste vāpulat.


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):

Dum blandirétur Canis Hero et Famíliae, Herus et Família Canem demúlcent. Quod Aséllus videns coepit eum pigére sortis suae, ínique étenim putábat comparátum: Canem gratum esse ómnibus et de mensa Heríli pasci, idque ótio ludóque cónsequi: sese contra nunquam otiósum esse, portáre clitéllas, quotidiáno caedi flagéllo et odiósum praetérea ómnibus habéri. Artem ígitur statuébat insectári quae tam multis útilis esset. Hero ígitur domum redeúnti óbviam occúrrit, súbsilit, pulsátque úngulis. Exclamánte Hero, accurrébant Servi et inéptus Aséllus, qui se urbánum crédidit, fuste vápulat.


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:

Dum blandiretur Canis
Hero et Familiae,
Herus et Familia
Canem demulcent.
Quod Asellus videns
coepit eum pigere sortis suae,
inique etenim putabat comparatum:
Canem
gratum esse omnibus
et de mensa Herili pasci,
idque otio ludoque consequi:
sese contra
nunquam otiosum esse,
portare clitellas,
quotidiano caedi flagello
et odiosum praeterea omnibus haberi.
Artem igitur statuebat insectari
quae tam multis utilis esset.
Hero igitur
domum redeunti
obviam occurrit,
subsilit, pulsatque ungulis.
Exclamante Hero,
accurrebant Servi
et ineptus Asellus,
qui se urbanum credidit,
fuste vapulat.



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




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