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The foot (Gk. poús) in poetic meter typically refers to the unit made up of two metrical positions, which carries a name like iamb, trochee, dactyl, spondee, or anapest. Meters are usually referred to in terms of what is taken to be the canonical form of the verse foot, plus a specification of line length in terms of metron (dactylic hexameter, iambic trimeter, spondaic pentameter, etc.). Feet in meter correspond roughly to prosodic …

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Tomas Riad, “Foot”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000134>
First published online: 2013

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