Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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In the ancient notion of ‘verse’, the central concept is that of ‘measure’. Ancient theory identified nine fundamental meters. The composition of metrical units through the repetition of the same or the combination of different basic metrical units was able to explain, in that theory, all the variety of Greek versification. In lyric poetry, the measure of dimeter seems to have been the main component. In modern scholarship, with the decisive influence o…

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Liana Lomiento, “Verse”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000370>
First published online: 2013

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