Monday, April 19, 2010

Ollae Duae (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 84 in Barlow. For parallel versions, see Perry 378.

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:

Duae ollae stetēre in rīpā. Ūna erat lutea, altera aēnea. Utramque tulit vīs fluviī. Luteae collīsiōnem metuentī, rēspondet aēnea hortāturque nē quid timeat: sēsē enim nē collīdantur satis cūrātūram. Tum altera, Seu mē, inquit, tēcum, seu tē mēcum flūmen collīserit, cum meō utrumque fiet perīculō: nam certum est ā tē superārī.

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):

Duae ollae stetére in ripa. Una erat lútea, áltera aénea. Utrámque tulit vis flúvii. Lúteae collisiónem metuénti, respóndet aénea hortatúrque ne quid tímeat: sese enim ne collidántur satis curatúram. Tum áltera, Seu me, inquit, tecum, seu te mecum flumen collíserit, cum meo utrúmque fiet perículo: nam certum est a te superári.

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:

Duae ollae
stetere in ripa.
Una erat lutea,
altera aenea.
Utramque tulit
vis fluvii.
collisionem metuenti,
respondet aenea hortaturque
ne quid timeat:
sese enim
ne collidantur satis curaturam.
Tum altera,
Seu me, inquit, tecum,
seu te mecum
flumen colliserit,
cum meo utrumque fiet periculo:
nam certum est a te superari.

IMAGE. Here is Francis Barlow's illustration for the story - but you have to look hard to find the pots:

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