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Ancient Prose Rhythm
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In Greek, every speech utterance consists of a series of syllables of clearly differentiated length. This difference in length may, intentionally or unintentionally, yield a certain rhythm. Because of this, artful prose aspires to attain ideal rhythmical patterns, which are determined by the prosody and metrics of poetry. Prose – as opposed to poetry, which is defined by a strictly regula…

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Gregor Staab, “Ancient Prose Rhythm”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000029>
First published online: 2013

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