Wednesday, December 30, 2020

audio: Leo Senex et Vulpes

As readers of this blog might know, I am not a fan of teaching with macrons, but I do think it's important to have a sense of word stress in oral Latin given that word stress is such an important marker in English. So, I'm going to be adding some audio for the Latin fables when I have time to do that, and I'll publish a text with accent marks for words of three syllables or more (this is a style sometimes used in printed ecclesiastical Latin also). 

So, here's a recording of Leo Senex et Vulpes, with the accented text below. You can see the post with dictionary help, etc. here: Centum Verba 6: Leo Senex et Vulpes

Nota bene: I see Latin audio as a learning tool, just as this whole centum verba project is meant as a learning tool. The fable below is not written as a Roman would write (it's admittedly Tarzan-esque in its simplicity), and the audio is not spoken as a Roman would speak. Still, I hope it can be helpful for Latin learners — and I imagine it would be more or less comprehensible to an actual Roman; if there were any of them around, I would be curious to find out!




Leo, rex bestiárum, senex est. 
Venári non potest, quod vires desunt. 
Esúriens, in spelúnca récubat.
Alta voce ad béstias clamat, 
"O béstiae, audíte omnes: 
aeger sum! 
Solus in spelúnca mea récubo. 
Quare me non visitátis? 
Ad me adveníte, béstiae omnes! 
Ego, rex bestiárum, vos ádvoco!"
Leo aeger non est, sed símulat.
Béstiae multae regem vísitant, 
et leo illas prótinus dévorat!
Etiam vulpes regem vísitat, 
sed vulpes áliis béstiis caútior est. 
Ante spelúncam procul stat, et dicit, 
"Rex regum, te salúto!"
Leo intérrogat, 
"Et ego te, vulpes! 
Cur in spelúncam non intras?"
Vulpes respóndet, 
"Quod vestígia intrántium multa vídeo, 
exeúntium nulla."



2 comments:

Arcady7 said...

Nice work! I think your own 'modern' accent is quite legitimate since that's to be expected of a foreign speaker of Latin. Your reading sounds natural and relaxed and is easy to listen to. Though one tiny caution: If you're not going to mark all long vowels you must take care to get the unmarked ones right. Surely 'alta voce' must have a clearly pronounced long a after the t? All in all, a great start to the New Year. Multas gratias!

Laura Gibbs said...

Since I don't speak a language with long/short vowel distinctions like in Latin, it's not something I focus on. (I speak Polish and Italian, along with English obviously.) But I've released all the 100 word materials, English and Latin, as CC-licensed, and it would be great if somebody with real Roman skills wanted to record the Latin. Would you be interested??? I can host your audio at my SoundCloud (I have unlimited account there). If you're interested, let me know! laurakgibbs@gmail.com ... I can upload any kind of standard audio file, so you could just send the audio file to my email address and let me know how to credit that. Having more audio for people to enjoy and learn from would be super!