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Review Of M. L. West, Greek Metre (Oxford, 1982)

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In this chapter, the author reviews a book on Greek metre written by Professor M. L. West, which is novel and comprehensively planned despite being compact. The scope and format of Professor Wests treatise directly commend it. After four pages of metrical symbols and abbreviations of books there are five chapters: I. The nature of Greek metre; II. From the Dark Age to Pindar; III. Drama; IV. The Later Classical and Hellenistic Period; and V. The Imperial Period. Finally come a brief Appendix on Latin Metre, a substantial Glossary-Index and an Index of Poets and Texts. Throughout the book, clarity, economy and elegance are maintained. Intricate notations, passages in smaller type-face, abundant references and statistical information are interlaced with a very readable main text. The author is assured that West GM, like Dale LM, will have a long run as a work of reference.

Keywords: chapters; Greek Metre; M. L. West; reference; review; treatise



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