Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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‘Period’ indicates a certain metrical length, similar to the notion ‘verse’. In ancient rhythmical terminology it has the technical meaning of a sequence within which simple and unequal feet recur in a regular order (such as, for example, iambus and trochee). In modern scholarship it assumes the two distinct meanings, both related to the metric level, of ‘melic verse’ and ‘section of a strophe’.

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Liana Lomiento, “Period”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000276>
First published online: 2013

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