Sunday, April 11, 2010

Falco et Milvus (Odo)

SOURCE: Odo of Cheriton's' Latin fables are available in Hervieux's edition at GoogleBooks, and there is a delightful English translation by John Jacobs: The Fables of Odo of Cheriton.

This is fable 54 in Hervieux's edition. This is not in the classical Aesopic corpus, but Perry does list in his medieval appendix as Perry 612.

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:

Falco semel cēpit Milvum et firmiter cum ūnō pede tenuit. Et ait Falco: Miser, nonne habēs tam grande corpus, caput et rōstrum ut egō, pedēs et unguēs ita fortēs? Quārē permittis quod ita tē teneō et cito interficiam? Rēspondit Milvus: Bene sciō quod ita sum fortis et membra habeō ita rōbusta, sed cor mihi dēficit.


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):

Falco semel cepit Milvum et fírmiter cum uno pede ténuit. Et ait Falco: Miser, nonne habes tam grande corpus, caput et rostrum ut ego, pedes et ungues ita fortes? Quare permíttis quod ita te téneo et cito interfíciam? Respóndit Milvus: Bene scio quod ita sum fortis et membra hábeo ita robústa, sed cor mihi déficit.


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:

Falco
semel cepit Milvum
et firmiter
cum uno pede
tenuit.
Et ait Falco:
Miser,
nonne habes
tam grande corpus, caput et rostrum
ut ego,
pedes et ungues ita fortes?
Quare permittis
quod ita te teneo
et cito interficiam?
Respondit Milvus:
Bene scio
quod ita sum fortis
et membra habeo ita robusta,
sed cor mihi deficit.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing a kite:




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