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Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles: Perseus 1

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1. THE ARK
Haec nârrantur â poêtîs dê Perseô. Perseus fîlius erat Iovis, mâximî deôrum; avus êius Acrisius appellâbâtur. Acrisius volêbat Perseum nepôtem suum necâre; nam propter ôrâculum puerum timêbat. Comprehendit igitur Perseum adhûc infantem, et cum mâtre in arcâ lîgneâ inclûsit. Tum arcam ipsam in mare coniêcit. Danaê, Perseî mâter, mâgnopere territa est; tempestâs enim mâgna mare turbâbat. Perseus autem in sinû mâtris dormiêbat.

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1. Haec nârrantur
â poêtîs
dê Perseô.
Perseus: in Greek, this name would be pronounced as two syllables, since "eu" is a diphthong in Greek, but in Latin it is regarded as a three-syllable second declension noun: Per-se-us.
Perseus
fîlius erat Iovis,
mâximî deôrum;

filius...Iovis: split phrase

maximi: genitive singular, in apposition to Iovis

avus êius
Acrisius appellâbâtur.
 
Acrisius volêbat
Perseum,
nepôtem suum ,
necâre;
necare: complementary infinitive with volebat
nam
propter ôrâculum

puerum timêbat.
 
Comprehendit igitur
Perseum adhûc infantem,
et cum mâtre
in arcâ lîgneâ inclûsit.
igitur: postpositive
Tum arcam ipsam
in mare coniêcit.
 
Danaê,
Perseî mâter,
mâgnopere territa est;
Danae: the long "e" ending is a Greek noun ending, feminine nominative singular
tempestâs enim mâgna
mare turbâbat.
enim: postpositive, which splits the phrase tempestas magna
Perseus autem
in sinû mâtris dormiêbat.
autem: postpositive

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