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Acrostich
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A. Definition

Greek ἀκροστιχίς (akrostichís; Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 4,62,6), ἀκροστίχιον (akrostíchion; Or. Sib. 11, 17 and 23) and plur. τὰ ἀκρόστιχα (tà akrósticha; as a heading: Anth. Pal. 9,385). Letters, syllables or words that start consecutive verses or especially lines of verse (ὁ στίχος, ho stíchos; verse, lines of prose), or strophes and form a meaningful connection. As a result of this feature the whole poem also came to be known as acrostich. If a vertical row …

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Gärtner, Hans Armin (Heidelberg), “Acrostich”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e112190>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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