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Pindaric Metre: The ‘Other Half’

Kiichiro Itsumi

Abstract

This book describes the metrical features of the twenty-two Pindaric epinikia which are not composed in dactylo-epitrite (‘the other half’). These odes are puzzling, and scholars currently assume, without detailed examination, that they are all composed in a single type of metre which is often called ‘aeolic’. The book argues that there are in fact two types of metre (Pindaric epinikia are not as polymetric as the odes of tragedy), and divides the metrical styles of the stanza-forms of the ‘other half’ into three groups, according to the way in which these two metres are knitted together. This ... More

Keywords: Pindar, Greek lyric metre, epinikia, dactylo-epitrite, aeolic metre, stanza-forms, textual criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199229611
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229611.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kiichiro Itsumi, author
Professor of Greek and Latin Classics, University of Tokyo