Saturday, April 24, 2010

Grues et Anseres (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 79 in Barlow. For parallel versions, see Perry 228.

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:

Ānserēs et Gruēs in eōdem pascēbantur prātō. Vēnātōribus autem vīsīs, Gruēs propter ālārum longitūdinem et corporum levitātem statim ēvolāvērunt, Ānserēs vērō cum ob inūtile onus humī manēbant, captī fuērunt. Fābula significat quod cum prōvinciae subiugātae sunt, aut urbēs expugnātae, inopēs facile fugiunt, dīvitēs autem captī in servitium ruunt.


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):

Ánseres et Grues in eódem pascebántur prato. Venatóribus autem visis, Grues propter alárum longitúdinem et córporum levitátem statim evolavérunt, Ánseres vero cum ob inútile onus humi manébant, capti fuérunt. Fábula signíficat quod cum provínciae subiugátae sunt, aut urbes expugnátae, ínopes fácile fúgiunt, dívites autem capti in servítium ruunt.


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:

Anseres et Grues
in eodem pascebantur prato.
Venatoribus autem visis,
Grues
propter alarum longitudinem
et corporum levitatem
statim evolaverunt,
Anseres vero
cum ob inutile onus humi manebant,
capti fuerunt.
Fabula significat
quod
cum provinciae subiugatae sunt,
aut urbes expugnatae,
inopes facile fugiunt,
divites autem capti in servitium ruunt.



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




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