Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Vidua et Ovis (Babrius-prose)

SOURCE: This is a Latin prose version of Babrius's Greek verse fables, as published by Jean François Boissonade in 1844; the book is available at GoogleBooks. This is fable 51 in Boissonade's edition; for other versions, see Perry 212.

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:

Quaedam ōlim vidua domī nūtriēbat ovem. Quae cum cuperet lānam habēre longiōrem, imperīta tondēbat manū bidentem, cutīculaque tenus forcipe dēmetēbat vellus, adeō ut vulnus faceret. "Nē mē laedās," bestia dolēns inquit. "Quid enim ponderis sanguis adiiciet meus? Ast carnis sī meae opus est tibi, domina, adest coquus, quī mē compendiōsē immolābit. Quod sī lānae et velleris egēs, nōn vērō carnium, rursus est tōnsor, quī mē tondēbit ac sinet vīvere."


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):

Quaedam olim vídua domi nutriébat ovem. Quae cum cúperet lanam habére longiórem, imperíta tondébat manu bidéntem, cutículaque tenus fórcipe demetébat vellus, ádeo ut vulnus fáceret. "Ne me laedas," béstia dolens inquit. "Quid enim pónderis sanguis adiíciet meus? Ast carnis si meae opus est tibi, dómina, adest coquus, qui me compendióse immolábit. Quod si lanae et vélleris eges, non vero cárnium, rursus est tonsor, qui me tondébit ac sinet vívere."


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:

Quaedam olim vidua
domi nutriebat ovem.
Quae
cum cuperet
lanam habere longiorem,
imperita tondebat manu
bidentem,
cuticulaque tenus
forcipe demetebat vellus,
adeo ut vulnus faceret.
"Ne me laedas,"
bestia dolens inquit.
"Quid enim ponderis
sanguis adiiciet meus?
Ast carnis si meae
opus est tibi, domina,
adest coquus,
qui
me compendiose immolabit.
Quod
si lanae et velleris eges,
non vero carnium,
rursus est tonsor,
qui
me tondebit
ac sinet vivere."



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing a sheep being sheared: too close? You'll have to ask the sheep!




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