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W. S. Barrett and M. L. West

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203574.001.0001

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Two Studies in Pindaric Metre *

Two Studies in Pindaric Metre *

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(p.118) 8 Two Studies in Pindaric Metre*
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Greek Lyric, Tragedy, and Textual Criticism
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W. S. Barrett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203574.003.0008

Short ancipitia in Pindar's dactyloepitrites are more common in the first triad of an ode than in later triads: in first triads about one anceps in nine is short, in later triads about one in forty-six is the norm. But this observation gives only part of the picture: there a further sharp distinction can be drawn between the ancipitia in later triads. The facts, for Pindar's dactylo-epitrite epinikia, are these: Short anceps are not uncommon (a) in the first triad of an ode, (b) in responsion in a later triad, with short anceps in the first triad; in other situations it is rare and perhaps always associated with a proper name. This chapter discusses these issues.

Keywords:   short ancipitia, Pindar, dactyloepitrites, triads, short anceps

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