Saturday, May 1, 2010

Psittacus Honoratus (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 171 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:

Psittacus in aulā rēgis dēgēns, interrogābātur ā cēterīs avibus, quid ita in magnō haberētur honōre? Quibus ille, quia, inquit, exprimendī hūmānās vōcēs artem ēdoctus sum. Fābula nōs admonet, ut bonās et līberālēs ēdiscāmus artēs, sī volumus ubīque clārī honōrābilēsque habērī.

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):

Psíttacus in aula regis degens, interrogabátur a céteris ávibus, quid ita in magno haberétur honóre? Quibus ille, quia, inquit, expriméndi humánas voces artem edóctus sum. Fábula nos ádmonet, ut bonas et liberáles ediscámus artes, si vólumus úbique clari honorabilésque habéri.

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:

in aula regis degens,
interrogabatur a ceteris avibus,
ita in magno haberetur honore?
Quibus ille,
quia, inquit,
exprimendi humanas voces artem
edoctus sum.
Fabula nos admonet,
ut bonas et liberales
ediscamus artes,
si volumus
ubique clari honorabilesque haberi.

IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) from the Bestiaria Zoo:

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