Thursday, June 3, 2010

Figulus, Asinus et Agaso (DeFuria)

Figulus quīdam multās avēs in officīnā formāverat. Asinus vērō praeteriēns, Agāsōne negligenter sequente, per fenestram īnsertō capite avēs illās ēvertit, et vāsa, quae erant in officīnā, confrēgit. Cum igitur dominus officīnae Agāsōnem in iūdicium addūceret, ille ab obviīs interrogātus, cuius crīminis causa in iūs vocārētur, rēspondit: Ob Asinum quī in officīnam intrōspexit.

SOURCE: This comes from the Latin translation that accompanies De Furia's edition of the Greek Aesopic corpus, published in 1810 and available at GoogleBooks. This is fable 409 in De Furia; for other versions, see Perry 459.

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):

Fígulus quidam multas aves in officína formáverat. Ásinus vero praetériens, Agasóne negligénter sequénte, per fenéstram insérto cápite aves illas evértit, et vasa, quae erant in officína, confrégit. Cum ígitur dóminus officínae Agasónem in iudícium addúceret, ille ab óbviis interrogátus, cuius críminis causa in ius vocarétur, respóndit: Ob Ásinum qui in officínam introspéxit.

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:

Figulus quidam
multas aves
in officina formaverat.
Asinus vero praeteriens,
Agasone negligenter sequente,
per fenestram inserto capite
aves illas evertit,
et vasa, quae erant in officina,
Cum igitur
dominus officinae
Agasonem in iudicium adduceret,
ab obviis interrogatus,
cuius criminis causa
in ius vocaretur,
Ob Asinum
qui in officinam introspexit.

IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing a donkey - just imagine this head poking in through the window of a shop!

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