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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 299 pages of information about Latin for Beginners.

  [Illustration:  PERSEUS ANDROMEDAM SERVAT]

168. PER’SEUS AND ANDROM’EDA

First learn the special vocabulary, p. 288.

Perseus filius erat Iovis,[2] maximi[3] deorum.  De eo multas fabulas narrant poetae.  Ei favent dei, ei magica arma et alas dant.  Eis telis armatus et alis fretus ad multas terras volabat et monstra saeva delebat et miseris infirmisque auxilium dabat.

Aethiopia est terra Africae.  Eam terram Cepheus[4] regebat.  Ei[5] Neptunus, maximus aquarum deus, erat iratus et mittit[6] monstrum saevum ad Aethiopiam.  Ibi monstrum non solum latis pulchrisque Aethiopiae agris nocebat sed etiam domicilia agricolarum delebat, et multos viros, feminas, liberosque necabat.  Populus ex agris fugiebat et oppida muris validis muniebat.  Tum Cepheus magna tristitia commotus ad Iovis oraculum properat et ita dicit:  “Amici mei necantur; agri mei vastantur.  Audi verba mea, Iuppiter.  Da miseris auxilium.  Age monstrum saevum ex patria.”

    [Footnote 2:  Iovis\, the genitive of Iuppiter\.]

    [Footnote 3:  Used substantively, the greatest.  So below, l. 4,
    miseris\ and infirmis\ are used substantively.]

    [Footnote 4:  Pronounce in two syllables, Ce’pheus.]

    [Footnote 5:  Ei\, _at him_, dative with iratus\.]

    [Footnote 6:  The present is often used, as in English, in speaking
    of a past action, in order to make the story more vivid and
    exciting.]

LESSON XXVIII

PRESENT, IMPERFECT, AND FUTURE INDICATIVE PASSIVE
  OF REGO: AND AUDIO:

  [Special Vocabulary]

  VERBS
  respondeo:, -e:re\, _respond, reply_
  
servo:, -a:re\, save, preserve

  ADJECTIVE
  ca:rus, -a, -um\, _dear_ (cherish)

  CONJUNCTION
  autem\, _but, moreover, now_.  Usually stands second, never first

  NOUN
  vi:ta, -ae\, f., _life_ (vital)

169. Review the present, imperfect, and future indicative active of rego\ and audio\, and learn the passive of the same tenses (Secs. 490, 491).

    a. Observe that the tense signs of the imperfect and future are
    the same as in the active voice, and that the passive personal
    endings (Sec. 164) are added instead of the active ones.

b. Note the slight irregularity in the second person singular present of the third conjugation.  There the final -e- of the stem is not changed to -i-, as it is in the active.  We therefore have re’geris\ or re’gere\, not re’giris\, re’gire\.

    c. Inflect ago\, dico\, duco\, munio\, reperio\, in the
    present, imperfect, and future indicative, active and passive.

170. EXERCISES

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