Monday, May 10, 2010

Columba et vas aquaticum (Syntipas)

SOURCE: The following Latin translations of Syntipas's Greek fables are by Christian Frederick Matthaei and were published in 1781; the book is available at GoogleBooks. This is fable 8 in Syntipas. For other versions, see Perry 201.

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:

Columba, sitī compulsa aquam ut invenīret, huc illuc ambulāverat. Conspecta deinde picta in pariete hydria, vās aquā plēnum se invēnisse crēdēns, celerī impetū petiit pōtum. Sed sēmianimis illīsa parietī concidit humī. Mortī ergō vīcīna, sīc sēcum locūta est: "Infēlix egō et misera, quae aquae nimis appetēns nōn cōgitāram vītae perīculum."


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):

Colúmba, siti compúlsa aquam ut inveníret, huc illuc ambuláverat. Conspécta deínde picta in paríete hýdria, vas aqua plenum se invenísse credens, céleri ímpetu pétiit potum. Sed semiánimis illísa paríeti cóncidit humi. Morti ergo vicína, sic secum locúta est: "Infélix ego et mísera, quae aquae nimis áppetens non cogitáram vitae perículum."


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:

Columba,
siti compulsa
aquam ut inveniret,
huc illuc ambulaverat.
Conspecta deinde
picta in pariete hydria,
vas
aqua plenum
se invenisse
credens,
celeri impetu
petiit potum.
Sed semianimis
illisa parieti
concidit humi.
Morti ergo vicina,
sic secum locuta est:
"Infelix ego et misera,
quae
aquae nimis appetens
non cogitaram vitae periculum."



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




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