Monday, June 7, 2010

Caprea et Furiosus Leo (Camerarius)

Cōnspectō leōne furente: Ō miseram et infēlīcem conditiōnem bestiārum, inquit caprea. Sīquidem etiam furiōsōs habitūrae sumus leōnēs, quōrum mentis et ratiōnis compotum saevitiam intolerābilem esse experimur.

SOURCE: This comes from the Latin translation that accompanies Camerarius's edition of the Aesopic corpus; the 1571 edition of Camerarius's Aesop is available at GoogleBooks. This is fable 149 in Camerarius; for other versions, see Perry 341.

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons (above) or accent marks (below) - and read the text out loud until you feel comfortable and confident. Then, try reading the unmarked text at the very bottom. It should be easy for you after practicing with the marked texts. :-)

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):

Conspécto leóne furénte: O míseram et infelícem conditiónem bestiárum, inquit cáprea. Síquidem étiam furiósos habitúrae sumus leónes, quorum mentis et ratiónis cómpotum saevítiam intolerábilem esse expérimur.

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:

Conspecto leone furente:
O miseram et infelicem conditionem
bestiarum, inquit caprea.
etiam furiosos
habiturae sumus leones,
mentis et rationis compotum
intolerabilem esse

IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing a raging lion:

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