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W. S. Barrett and M. L. West

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203574.001.0001

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Lyric-and-iambic Duets in Euripides *

Lyric-and-iambic Duets in Euripides *

(p.386) 18 Lyric-and-iambic Duets in Euripides*
Greek Lyric, Tragedy, and Textual Criticism

W. S. Barrett

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines those scenes in the plays of Euripides which consist of a duet or dialogue conducted partly in excited lyric metres (predominantly dochmiac) and partly in iambic trimeters similar to the spoken iambics of dialogue. First, it classifies certain ‘licences’ — that is, divergences, real or apparent, from the strict distinction of complete iambic trimeters on the one hand and lyric metres on the other — and maintains that these licences do not constitute exceptions to the general distinction. Second, it examines, scene by scene, the surviving exceptions to the distinction, and attempts to show that each of them either has a motive or is to be removed by the correction of a false ascription in the manuscripts or the current texts.

Keywords:   Euripedes, plays, duet, dialogue, lyric metres, iambic trimetres

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