Monday, April 26, 2010

Vulpes et Lupus in Fossa (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 141 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:

Lupum in fossam lupāriam dēlapsum, vulpes cōnspicāta irrīdēbat, et circum ōrās et fossae marginem laetabunda saltitābat, stolidum animal illum appellāns, quī hominum fraudēs nōn animadvertisset. Dum sīc ergō lascīva gestīret, subsidēns terra eam traxit in praeceps: quam dēlābentem lupus cōnspicātus: maximum, inquit, nunc mortis meae sōlācium ad Mānes feram, vidēns vulpem, quae mē irrīdēbat, mēcum pereuntem. Fābula indicat aliōrum calamitātibus nunquam īnsultandum, cum in eāsdem nōs quoque incidere possīmus.


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):

Lupum in fossam lupáriam delápsum, vulpes conspicáta irridébat, et circum oras et fossae márginem laetabúnda saltitábat, stólidum ánimal illum appéllans, qui hóminum fraudes non animadvertísset. Dum sic ergo lascíva gestíret, súbsidens terra eam traxit in praeceps: quam delabéntem lupus conspicátus: máximum, inquit, nunc mortis meae solácium ad Manes feram, videns vulpem, quae me irridébat, mecum pereúntem. Fábula índicat aliórum calamitátibus nunquam insultándum, cum in eásdem nos quoque incídere póssimus.


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:

Lupum
in fossam lupariam delapsum,
vulpes conspicata irridebat,
et circum oras et fossae marginem
laetabunda saltitabat,
stolidum animal
illum appellans,
qui
hominum fraudes
non animadvertisset.
Dum sic ergo lasciva gestiret,
subsidens terra
eam traxit in praeceps:
quam delabentem
lupus conspicatus:
maximum, inquit,
nunc mortis meae solacium
ad Manes feram,
videns vulpem,
quae me irridebat,
mecum pereuntem.
Fabula indicat
aliorum calamitatibus
nunquam insultandum,
cum in easdem
nos quoque incidere possimus.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source), showing what a fox looks like leaping:




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