Thursday, April 15, 2010

Coclea in Prunis (Camerarius)

SOURCE: Fabulae Aesopicae by the great 16th-century scholar Ioachim Camerarius in a 1702 reprint at GoogleBooks. This is number 77 in the collection. For more information and other versions of this fable, see the links list for Perry 54.

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:

Torrēbat puer rusticus cōcleās, quibus ad prūnās strīdentibus: Scelerātae, inquit, animantēs, potestis canere, cum ūrantur domūs vestrae?


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):

Torrébat puer rústicus cócleas, quibus ad prunas stridéntibus: Scelerátae, inquit, animántes, potéstis cánere, cum urántur domus vestrae?


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:

Torrebat puer rusticus
cocleas,
quibus ad prunas stridentibus:
Sceleratae, inquit, animantes,
potestis canere,
cum urantur domus vestrae?



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




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