Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cornix et Corvus (DeFuria)

SOURCE: This comes from the Latin translation that accompanies De Furia's edition of the Greek Aesopic corpus, published in 1810 and available at GoogleBooks. This is fable 250 in De Furia; for other versions, see Perry 125.

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:

Cornix invidēns Corvō, quod is per auguria hominibus vātīcinarētur, ideoque tamquam futūrī praescius vulgō habērētur, nonnullōs viātōrēs praetereuntēs cōnspicāta, super arborem quamdam ascendit, in eāque residēns valdē crocitāvit. Tum illīs ad vōcem conversīs, atque admīrātiōne perculsīs, quīdam, rē cognitā, Incoeptum, inquit, sequāmur iter, amicī; est enim Cornix, quae crocitāvit, atque ea quidem omnī prorsus auguriō caret.


ACCENT MARKS. Here is the text with accent marks, plus some color-coding for the words of three or more syllables (blue: penultimate stress; red: antepenultimate stress):

Cornix ínvidens Corvo, quod is per augúria homínibus vaticinarétur, idéoque tamquam futúri praéscius vulgo haberétur, nonnúllos viatóres praetereúntes conspicáta, super árborem quamdam ascéndit, in eáque résidens valde crocitávit. Tum illis ad vocem convérsis, atque admiratióne percúlsis, quidam, re cógnita, Incoéptum, inquit, sequámur iter, amíci; est enim Cornix, quae crocitávit, atque ea quidem omni prorsus augúrio caret.


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:

Cornix
invidens Corvo,
quod is
per auguria
hominibus vaticinaretur,
ideoque
tamquam futuri praescius
vulgo haberetur,
nonnullos viatores praetereuntes
conspicata,
super arborem quamdam
ascendit,
in eaque residens
valde crocitavit.
Tum illis
ad vocem conversis,
atque admiratione perculsis,
quidam, re cognita,
Incoeptum, inquit, sequamur iter,
amici;
est enim Cornix,
quae crocitavit,
atque ea quidem
omni prorsus augurio caret.



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




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