Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pavo et Pica (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 104 in Barlow. For parallel versions, see Perry 219.

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:

Gēns Avium, cum līberē vagārētur, optābat sibi darī rēgem. Pāvo sē imprīmis dignum quī ēligerētur putābat, quia esset formōsissimus. Hōc in rēgem acceptō, Pica, Ō rex, inquit, sī tē imperante Aquila nōs perstrēnuē, ut solet, īnsequī coeperit, quō illum modo abigēs? Quō nōs pactō servābis?

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):

Gens Ávium, cum líbere vagarétur, optábat sibi dari regem. Pavo se imprímis dignum qui eligerétur putábat, quia esset formosíssimus. Hōc in regem accépto, Pica, O rex, inquit, si te imperánte Áquila nos perstrénue, ut solet, ínsequi coéperit, quo illum modo ábiges? Quo nos pacto servábis?

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:

Gens Avium,
cum libere vagaretur,
sibi dari regem.
se imprimis
dignum qui eligeretur
quia esset formosissimus.
Hoc in regem accepto,
Pica, O rex, inquit,
si te imperante
nos perstrenue, ut solet,
insequi coeperit,
quo illum modo abiges?
Quo nos pacto servabis?

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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