Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lupus Esuriens et Bos (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 191 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:

Lupus seniō confectus, cum amplius vēnārī nōn potest, magnā cruciābātur famē, nec aliquem cognātum aut amīcum, quī eum cibō iuvāret, poterat invenīre. Dum ergō maestus ingentem peragrāret silvam, in bovis cadāver incidit, quod vix coeperat laniāre, cum nōn sōlum cēterī lupī, vērum etiam vulturēs, corvī et cornīcēs illuc sē contulerant, Lupum ōrantēs, ut sē in amīcitiam et in partem praedae admitteret. Tunc sēcum lupus: Quem paulō ante frātrēs et fīliī negligēbant, ecce aliēnigenae animantēs nunc honōre prōsequuntur et amīcum expetunt. Non mihi, sed bovī hunc exhibent honōrem. Fābula indicat, pauperem cunctīs odiōsum esse, dīvitibus vērō ab omnibus honōrem exhibērī.


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):

Lupus sénio conféctus, cum ámplius venári non potest, magna cruciabátur fame, nec áliquem cognátum aut amícum, qui eum cibo iuváret, póterat inveníre. Dum ergo maestus ingéntem peragráret silvam, in bovis cadáver íncidit, quod vix coéperat laniáre, cum non solum céteri lupi, verum étiam vúltures, corvi et corníces illuc se contúlerant, Lupum orántes, ut se in amicítiam et in partem praedae admítteret. Tunc secum lupus: Quem paulo ante fratres et fílii negligébant, ecce alienígenae animántes nunc honóre prosequúntur et amícum éxpetunt. Non mihi, sed bovi hunc éxhibent honórem. Fábula índicat, paúperem cunctis odiósum esse, divítibus vero ab ómnibus honórem exhibéri.


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:

Lupus
senio confectus,
cum amplius venari non potest,
magna cruciabatur fame,
nec aliquem cognatum aut amicum,
qui eum cibo iuvaret,
poterat invenire.
Dum ergo maestus
ingentem peragraret silvam,
in bovis cadaver incidit,
quod vix coeperat laniare,
cum non solum ceteri lupi,
verum etiam vultures,
corvi et cornices
illuc se contulerant,
Lupum orantes,
ut se
in amicitiam
et in partem praedae
admitteret.
Tunc secum lupus:
Quem paulo ante
fratres et filii negligebant,
ecce alienigenae animantes
nunc honore prosequuntur
et amicum expetunt.
Non mihi,
sed bovi
hunc exhibent honorem.
Fabula indicat,
pauperem
cunctis odiosum esse,
divitibus vero
ab omnibus honorem exhiberi.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source), showing a wolf with his prey:




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