Sunday, May 30, 2010

Galerita (DeFuria)


Aesopus ait, Galērītam avium prīmam omnium ante terram generātam fuisse, ac deinde patrem eius morbō extinctum, cum terra nōn esset, quinque diēs īnsepultum iacuisse; illam autem, quidnam ageret, incertam, ob reī difficultātem, patrem dēnique in capite sepeliisse.

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 415 in De Furia; for other versions, see Perry 447.

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons (above) or accent marks (below) - and read the text out loud until you feel comfortable and confident. Then, try reading the unmarked text at the very bottom. It should be easy for you after practicing with the marked texts. :-)


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):

Aesópus ait, Galerítam ávium primam ómnium ante terram generátam fuísse, ac deínde patrem eius morbo extínctum, cum terra non esset, quinque dies insepúltum iacuísse; illam autem, quidnam ágeret, incértam, ob rei difficultátem, patrem dénique in cápite sepeliísse.


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:

Aesopus ait,
Galeritam
avium primam omnium
ante terram
generatam fuisse,
ac deinde
patrem eius
morbo extinctum,
cum terra non esset,
quinque dies
insepultum iacuisse;
illam autem,
quidnam ageret,
incertam,
ob rei difficultatem,
patrem denique
in capite sepeliisse.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing a crested lark:




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