Saturday, May 1, 2010

Pavo et Miles (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 177 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:

Pāvo apud mīlitem, quī galeam multīs strūthiōnis pennīs ornāverat, glōriābātur sē multō pulchriōrēs pennās habēre, utque id vērum esse approbāret, caudam in gȳrum explicuit: Mīles illārum pulchritūdine illectus, avem capiēns, eam tantō prīvāvit ornatū, cōnumque galeae īnsignīvit. Tunc sēcum pāvo mē miserum et stultum, inquit, quī tam pretiōsās rēs raptōrī ostendī, quās occultāre dēbēbam. Fābula indicat pretiōsārum rērum ostentātiōne multōs ad rapīnās concitārī.


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):

Pavo apud mílitem, qui gáleam multis struthiónis pennis ornáverat, gloriabátur se multo pulchrióres pennas habére, utque id verum esse approbáret, caudam in gyrum explícuit: Miles illárum pulchritúdine illéctus, avem cápiens, eam tanto privávit ornátu, conúmque gáleae insignívit. Tunc secum pavo me míserum et stultum, inquit, qui tam pretiósas res raptóri osténdi, quas occultáre debébam. Fábula índicat pretiosárum rerum ostentatióne multos ad rapínas concitári.


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:

Pavo
apud militem,
qui galeam
multis struthionis pennis
ornaverat,
gloriabatur
se
multo pulchriores pennas
habere,
utque
id verum esse
approbaret,
caudam
in gyrum explicuit:
Miles
illarum pulchritudine illectus,
avem capiens,
eam tanto privavit ornatu,
conumque galeae insignivit.
Tunc secum pavo
me miserum et stultum,
inquit,
qui
tam pretiosas res
raptori ostendi,
quas occultare debebam.
Fabula indicat
pretiosarum rerum ostentatione
multos
ad rapinas concitari.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing the proud peacock:




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