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Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse

Llewelyn Morgan

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199554188
eISBN:
9780191594991
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554188.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The wealth of metrical forms adopted by classical poetry is one of its characteristic features. Yet metre features only sporadically in contemporary criticism of ancient poetry. This book makes the ... More


The Homeric Hymns: Interpretative Essays

Andrew Faulkner (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199589036
eISBN:
9780191728983
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589036.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book is the first collection on the Homeric Hymns, a corpus of 33 hexameter poems celebrating gods that were probably recited at religious festivals, among other possible performance venues, and ... More


Et mea sunt populo saltata poemata saepe (Tristia 2.519): Ovid and the Pantomime *

Jennifer Ingleheart

in New Directions in Ancient Pantomime

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199232536
eISBN:
9780191716003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232536.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The strong visual appeal of Ovid's Metamorphoses has long invited comparison with the pleasures of pantomime, most influentially in a publication by Galinsky. In the study of Ovid's references from ... More


Is the ‘Barcelona Alcestis’ a Latin Pantomime Libretto? *

Edith Hall

in New Directions in Ancient Pantomime

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199232536
eISBN:
9780191716003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232536.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

There is a possibility that one pantomime libretto based on a canonical tragedy does in fact survive. The candidate is a Latin hexameter poem, preserved only in a Barcelona papyrus, on the theme of ... More


The Form of the Hexameter: The Origins of Caesura and Diaeresis

A. P. David

in The Dance of the Muses: Choral Theory and Ancient Greek Poetics

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199292400
eISBN:
9780191711855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199292400.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter draws on two strands of evidence that bear on the form of the dactylic hexameter: one from Plato (Epinomis) and Aristotle (Metaphysics), one from a modern Greek folk dance (the συρτός). ... More


The ‘Choral Signifier’: The Shaping of Homeric Speech

A. P. David

in The Dance of the Muses: Choral Theory and Ancient Greek Poetics

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199292400
eISBN:
9780191711855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199292400.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers the influence of a performance mode depicted by Homer — Demodocus the singer surrounded by a dancing circle — upon the phonological and semantic features of Homeric verse. A ... More


The Hendecasyllable: An Abbreviated History

Llewelyn Morgan

in Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199554188
eISBN:
9780191594991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554188.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter investigates the ethos embodied by the hendecasyllable, a favourite metre of the Flavian authors Statius and Martial. Starting from one of Statius' most ambitious hendecasyllabic poems, ... More


The Dactylic Hexameter and its Detractors 1

Llewelyn Morgan

in Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199554188
eISBN:
9780191594991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554188.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on the benchmark metre in ancient poetry, the heroic hexameter. Three poetic forms embodying a contradiction of the epic ethos embodied by the hexameter are considered: ... More


Greek and Latin Quantitative Metre

M. L. Gasparov

in A History of European Versification

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780198158790
eISBN:
9780191673368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158790.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, European Literature

This chapter discusses the quantitative metre which was formed in the Greek language between 1000 and 750 BC. The chapter aims to measure short syllables. It also describes in detail the quantitative ... More


Elegy and Its Traditional Possibilities

R. Scott Garner

in Traditional Elegy: The Interplay of Meter, Tradition, and Context in Early Greek Poetry

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199757923
eISBN:
9780199895281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757923.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

After summarizing the evidence for the oral performance of early Greek poetry in general, Chapter 1 represents an initial investigation into the possibilities that existed for the employment of ... More


Dionysius’ Ear

L. P. E. Parker

in Hesperos: Studies in Ancient Greek Poetry Presented to M. L. West on his Seventieth Birthday

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199285686
eISBN:
9780191713958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285686.003.0020
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The formulaic language of the early hexameter poets grew up over time designed to produce good hexameters, verses that sounded agreeable. A poet composing with these preformed blocks would be ... More


Introduction

D. E. Hill and D. E. Hill

in Ovid: Metamorphoses: Books XIII-XV (plus indexes to all volumes)

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856687334
eISBN:
9781800343153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856687334.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on Ovid's Book XIII—XV of Metamorphoses, which is a long narrative poem in the form of a highly idiosyncratic history of the world from Creation to the death and deification of ... More


Figuring It Out

Prudentius

in The Origin of Sin: An English Translation of the "Hamartigenia"

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801442223
eISBN:
9780801463051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801442223.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on the structure of the Hamartigenia. The poem appears in the manuscripts under a Greek title and features a preface written in a different meter—iambic preface followed by a ... More


Archaic to Classical Greece: Festivals and Rhapsodes

Derek Attridge

in The Experience of Poetry: From Homer's Listeners to Shakespeare's Readers

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198833154
eISBN:
9780191873898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833154.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Some of the so-called Homeric Hymns, dating from the seventh century bc, provide evidence of poetic performance at festivals in Greece. Alongside the sung hexameter epics, two other verse traditions ... More


The Grounds of Hexameter Poetry

G. O. Hutchinson

in Greek to Latin: Frameworks and Contexts for Intertextuality

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199670703
eISBN:
9780191757020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670703.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Hexameter should be recognized as a super-genre, which is not the same as calling all hexameter poetry ‘epic’. The genres within the super-genre differ greatly in their grounds; these are derived ... More


Space and Intertextuality in Hexameters

G. O. Hutchinson

in Greek to Latin: Frameworks and Contexts for Intertextuality

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199670703
eISBN:
9780191757020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670703.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The two types of narrative hexameter poetry — on Greek myth and Roman history — stand at a different distance from Greek poetry; and even within the type on Greek myth there are different distances ... More


The New Shilling Monthlies: Macmillan’s Magazine and The Cornhill

Caley Ehnes

in Victorian Poetry and the Poetics of the Literary Periodical

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781474418348
eISBN:
9781474459655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418348.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter turns its attention to the shilling monthly as represented by the originators of the genre: Macmillan’sMagazine and the Cornhill. These periodicals represent a particular moment in ... More


The Hexametric Incantations against Witchcraft in the Getty Museum: From Archetype to Exemplar

Richard Janko

in The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199664108
eISBN:
9780191745768
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664108.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Archaeology: Classical

The Getty hexameters from Selinus, which antedate 409 bc, are a copy of a semi-official paean addressed to Paean, Heracles, and Asclepius, which also incorporates the spell of the Idaean Dactyls ... More


Spoken and Written Boasts in the Getty Hexameters: From Oral Composition to Inscribed Amulet

Christopher A. Faraone

in The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199664108
eISBN:
9780191745768
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664108.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Archaeology: Classical

The Getty Hexameters are marked by an astounding array of boasts about the power of song and the efficacy of writing. The more numerous allusions to speech frequently stress both the skill and the ... More


The Ephesia Grammata: Genesis of a Magical Formula

Alberto Bernabé

in The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199664108
eISBN:
9780191745768
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664108.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Archaeology: Classical

Clemens and Hesychius transmit a powerful spell, called Ephesia grammata, composed of six nonsense words. ἄσκι, κατάσκι, λίξ/αἶξ, τϵτράξ, δαμναμϵνϵύς, αἴσιον/αἴσια. The Getty Hexameters and other ... More


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