Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Auca et Corvus (Odo)

SOURCE: Odo of Cheriton's' Latin fables are available in Hervieux's edition at GoogleBooks, and there is a delightful English translation by John Jacobs: The Fables of Odo of Cheriton.

This is fable 36 in Hervieux's edition. This is not in the classical Aesopic corpus, but Perry does list in his medieval appendix as Perry 603.

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:

Auca pinguis et ponderōsa rogāvit Corvum quod iuvāret eam ut in altum posset volāre et cacūmina montium et arborum rēspicere. Annuit Corvus et pedēs apposuit ut Aucam sursum ērigeret, et Auca in tantum ponderāvit quod Corvus nihil potuit. Et ait Auca: Quārē mē nōn ēlevās? Ait Corvus: Quantum nītor ut tē ērigam, tantum ponderās, ut ērigere nōn valeam.


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):

Auca pinguis et ponderósa rogávit Corvum quod iuváret eam ut in altum posset voláre et cacúmina móntium et árborum respícere. Ánnuit Corvus et pedes appósuit ut Aucam sursum erígeret, et Auca in tantum ponderávit quod Corvus nihil pótuit. Et ait Auca: Quare me non élevas? Ait Corvus: Quantum nitor ut te érigam, tantum pónderas, ut erígere non váleam.


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:

Auca pinguis et ponderosa
rogavit Corvum
quod iuvaret eam
ut in altum posset volare
et cacumina montium et arborum
respicere.
Annuit Corvus
et pedes apposuit
ut Aucam sursum erigeret,
et Auca
in tantum ponderavit
quod Corvus nihil potuit.
Et ait Auca:
Quare me non elevas?
Ait Corvus:
Quantum nitor
ut te erigam,
tantum ponderas,
ut erigere non valeam.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source), showing a hefty goose:




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