Saturday, April 17, 2010

Galli et Perdix (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 This is fable 89 in Barlow. For parallel versions, see Perry 23.

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:

In eādem āreā Rusticus Perdīcem et duōs Gallōs inclūserat. Ubī Gallī diū in Perdīcem passīs ālīs et calcaribus cruentis involābant. Sed tandem mutatā rabie in seipsōs crudelia calcāria exercēbant et alternīs vulneribus in cōnspectū Perdīcis cecidērunt. Quod cum vīdit Perdix sibi plaudēbat, inquiēns, nōn mīror sī in mē cīvīle odium exerceant, quod sēipsīs tam male discrēverint.

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):

In eádem área Rústicus Perdícem et duos Gallos inclúserat. Ubi Galli diu in Perdícem passis alis et calcáribus cruéntis involábant. Sed tandem mutáta rábie in seípsos crudélia calcária exercébant et altérnis vulnéribus in conspéctu Perdícis cecidérunt. Quod cum vidit Perdix sibi plaudébat, ínquiens, non miror si in me civíle ódium exérceant, quod seípsis tam male discréverint.

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:

In eadem area
Perdicem et duos Gallos incluserat.
Ubi Galli
diu in Perdicem
passis alis et calcaribus cruentis
Sed tandem
mutata rabie in seipsos
crudelia calcaria exercebant
et alternis vulneribus
in conspectu Perdicis ceciderunt.
Quod cum vidit Perdix
sibi plaudebat, inquiens,
non miror
si in me civile odium exerceant,
quod seipsis tam male discreverint.

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

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

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