Saturday, May 1, 2010

Porci Duo (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 193 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:

Porcī duo erant cuidam subulcō, tam immortale inter sē odium, et perpetuās inimīcitiās habentēs, ut quotīdiē sēsē dentibus lacerārent. Cum autem dominus ūnum ex eīs occīderet, alter incrēdibilī afficiēbātur laetitiā, vidēns inimīcō suō iamiam esse moriendum. Paucīs autem post diēbus, cum ipse quoque ad necem traherētur, sēsē afflictābat, dīcēns, heu mē infēlīcem, cūr inimīcī meī caede laetātus sum, quem tam cito eram eōdem exitū secūtūrus. Fābula indicat, nēminem dēbēre inimīcī quidem morte laetārī cum explōrātum sit cunctīs esse moriendum.


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):

Porci duo erant cuidam subúlco, tam immortále inter se ódium, et perpétuas inimicítias habéntes, ut quotídie sese déntibus lacerárent. Cum autem dóminus unum ex eis occíderet, alter incredíbili afficiebátur laetítia, videns inimíco suo iamiam esse moriéndum. Paucis autem post diébus, cum ipse quoque ad necem traherétur, sese afflictábat, dicens, heu me infelícem, cur inimíci mei caede laetátus sum, quem tam cito eram eódem éxitu secutúrus. Fábula índicat, néminem debére inimíci quidem morte laetári cum explorátum sit cunctis esse moriéndum.


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:

Porci duo
erant cuidam subulco,
tam immortale inter se odium,
et perpetuas inimicitias
habentes,
ut quotidie
sese dentibus lacerarent.
Cum autem dominus
unum ex eis occideret,
alter
incredibili afficiebatur laetitia,
videns
inimico suo
iamiam esse moriendum.
Paucis autem post diebus,
cum ipse quoque
ad necem traheretur,
sese afflictabat, dicens,
heu me infelicem,
cur inimici mei caede
laetatus sum,
quem tam cito
eram eodem exitu secuturus.
Fabula indicat,
neminem debere
inimici quidem morte laetari
cum exploratum sit
cunctis esse moriendum.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing two pigs in happier times, before they started hating each other!




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