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The Metre Of Stesichorus PMG 15/192

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Stesichorus draws attention to the verse that features recurrently in Pindars Ninth Pythian, whose strophes and antistrophes, with the colometry as generally corrected. In the light of this, one can allow that Stesichorus may have anticipated Pindar as inventor of the verse. One can consider the possibility Pindars pattern directly echoes Stesichorus, similarly in second place, contrastingly flanked by identical verses. The first and third verses of the Pindaric strophe, have an idiosyncratic character, presumably as a combination of the rising element. The matter can scarcely be settled by simply calling the verse a trochaic dimeter hypercatalectic, with the implication not abnormal as such. It is concluded that the available evidence does not suffice for a decision. But something will be gained if the heritage of so-called dactylo-epitritic metre in tragedy is recognized as stemming not only from Pindar and Bacchylides, but more anciently from Stesichorus.

Keywords: Pindar; Stesichorus



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