Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Viator et Mercurius (Camerarius)

SOURCE: Fabulae Aesopicae by the great 16th-century scholar Ioachim Camerarius in a 1702 reprint at GoogleBooks. This is number 46 in the collection. For more information and other versions of this fable, see the links list for Perry 178.

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:

Itinere quīdam longō fatīgātus, vōtum fēcit, dīmidium eius, quod reperisset, sē Mercuriō cōnsēcrātūrum: cum autem incidisset in sacculum, refertum palmīs et amygdalīs, illō sublātō, fructūs quidem comēdit, nūcleōs autem palmārum et amygdalōrum testās in āram imposuit, quod sē solvere vōtum dīceret, atque inventa cum Mercuriō partīrī, dē quibus extima et intima illī offerret.


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):

Itínere quidam longo fatigátus, votum fecit, dimídium eius, quod reperísset, se Mercúrio consecratúrum: cum autem incidísset in sácculum, refértum palmis et amýgdalis, illo subláto, fructus quidem comédit, núcleos autem palmárum et amygdalórum testas in aram impósuit, quod se sólvere votum díceret, atque invénta cum Mercúrio partíri, de quibus éxtima et íntima illi offérret.


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:

Itinere quidam longo fatigatus,
votum fecit,
dimidium eius, quod reperisset,
se Mercurio consecraturum:
cum autem incidisset in sacculum,
refertum palmis et amygdalis,
illo sublato,
fructus quidem comedit,
nucleos autem palmarum
et amygdalorum testas
in aram imposuit,
quod se solvere votum
diceret,
atque inventa cum Mercurio partiri,
de quibus
extima et intima illi offerret.



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




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