Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Feles et Gallus (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 57 in Barlow. For parallel versions, see Perry 16.

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:

Cattus cum Gallum cēpisset, crīmināre coepit quod esset animal turbulentum, quī noctū clāmitandō nōn permitteret hominēs quiescere. Gallus sē excūsābat, quod id ageret ad eōrum voluptātem, cum ad opera facienda illōs excitāret. Rursum Cattus ait, Impius es quī nec ā mātre nec ā sorōribus tē abstineās, sed per incontinentiam illīs tē commisceās. Gallus sē dēfendēbat dīxitque quod ex huiusmodī coitū, Gallīnae pariunt ōva. Tunc inquit Cattus, Quamvīs excūsātiōnibus abundēs, egō tamen tē missum facere nōn intendō.


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):

Cattus cum Gallum cepísset, crimináre coepit quod esset ánimal turbuléntum, qui noctu clamitándo non permítteret hómines quiéscere. Gallus se excusábat, quod id ágeret ad eórum voluptátem, cum ad ópera faciénda illos excitáret. Rursum Cattus ait, Ímpius es qui nec a matre nec a soróribus te abstíneas, sed per incontinéntiam illis te commísceas. Gallus se defendébat dixítque quod ex huiúsmodi cóitu, Gallínae páriunt ova. Tunc inquit Cattus, Quamvis excusatiónibus abúndes, ego tamen te missum fácere non inténdo.


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:

Cattus
cum Gallum cepisset,
criminare coepit
quod esset animal turbulentum,
qui noctu clamitando
non permitteret homines quiescere.
Gallus se excusabat,
quod id ageret
ad eorum voluptatem,
cum
ad opera facienda
illos excitaret.
Rursum Cattus ait,
Impius es
qui
nec a matre nec a sororibus
te abstineas,
sed per incontinentiam
illis te commisceas.
Gallus se defendebat
dixitque quod
ex huiusmodi coitu,
Gallinae
pariunt ova.
Tunc inquit Cattus,
Quamvis excusationibus abundes,
ego tamen
te missum facere
non intendo.



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

Here is an illustration from the Medici Aesop, which is online at the New York Public Library website - this time it is a weasel, rather than a cat:




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