Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vulpes et Foramen (Abstemius)

SOURCE: You can find both the first and second "hecatomythia" of Abstemius in Nevelet's monumental Aesop published in 1610, available at GoogleBooks. You can find out more about Abstemius at the Aesopus wiki. This is fable 111 in Abstemius. Perry only includes a few sporadic fables from Abstemius in his index, and there is no Perry number for this fable.

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:

Vulpes ingressūra domum rusticī, ubī gallīnās audierat, forāmen per quod trānseundum erat, dīlātārī cupiēbat. Sed rursus cum raptam gallīnam ferēns inde fugeret, et lātrātum canis audīret, deōs precābātur, ut canī forāmen esset angustum, nē inde posset exīre. Fābula indicat mortalēs prō commodīs suīs vōta mūtāre.

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):

Vulpes ingressúra domum rústici, ubi gallínas audíerat, forámen per quod transeúndum erat, dilatári cupiébat. Sed rursus cum raptam gallínam ferens inde fúgeret, et latrátum canis audíret, deos precabátur, ut cani forámen esset angústum, ne inde posset exíre. Fábula índicat mortáles pro cómmodis suis vota mutáre.

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:

ingressura domum rustici,
ubi gallinas audierat,
per quod transeundum erat,
dilatari cupiebat.
Sed rursus
cum raptam gallinam ferens
inde fugeret,
et latratum canis audiret,
deos precabatur,
ut cani
foramen esset angustum,
ne inde posset exire.
Fabula indicat
pro commodis suis
vota mutare.

IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) - I couldn't find a fox squeezing through a hole in a barn, but here's a fox gazing out from a hole in a log!

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