Pindaric Metre: The `Other Half

Hardcover | December 18, 2008

byKiichiro Itsumi

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Pindar is one of the greatest Greek poets, but while the metre of half of his poems is easy to grasp, that of the other half has so far remained obscure. Kiichiro Itsumi presents a new account of their metre. He separates the metre into two types and identifies a series of precise entitiesfrom which the verses are made, in this way imposing a new clarity and discipline on what had previously seemed a much vaguer process. Itsumi's analyses of individual poems include a discussion of stanzaic structure, of textual problems, and of particular lines in the stanza and their exploitationwithin the text. These analyses will be an invaluable resource for serious scholars of Pindar.

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Pindar is one of the greatest Greek poets, but while the metre of half of his poems is easy to grasp, that of the other half has so far remained obscure. Kiichiro Itsumi presents a new account of their metre. He separates the metre into two types and identifies a series of precise entitiesfrom which the verses are made, in this way imp...

Kiichiro Itsumi is Professor of Greek and Latin Classics at the University of Tokyo.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:520 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:December 18, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199229619

ISBN - 13:9780199229611

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction1. The `Other Half'2. Scope of the Investigation3. Rules for Consistent Analysis4. Two Metres in Non-Dactylo-Epitrite Stanza-Forms5. Aeolic Phases6. Freer Dactylo-Epitrite7. Ambiguities between the Two Metres8. Composition of Verses9. The Three Classes of Stanza-FormsII. The Eighteen MajorsIII. Miscellanea