On the Role of Accent in Ancient Greek Poetry

Dactylic and Iambic Words in the Homeric Hexameter

in Mnemosyne
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Abstract

In this paper, I set out to study the distribution of some accentual types of two different word shapes in the Homeric hexameter: iambs and iambic ending words and dactyls and dactylic ending words. Following Nagy 2000 and 2010 and David 2006, I start from the idea that accent has a role in Ancient Greek poetry, which has been corroborated in Abritta 2015 by studying the distribution of trochaic ending words. In the sections corresponding to each word shape, after a statistical consideration of the distribution, I examine some literary uses of accentual types, which the poet places in the line apparently in order to produce a certain effect on the audience. The article is conceived as a first approximation to the study of accentual distribution in Ancient Greek poetry.

On the Role of Accent in Ancient Greek Poetry

Dactylic and Iambic Words in the Homeric Hexameter

in Mnemosyne

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