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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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Two Studies in Pindaric Metre *

Two Studies in Pindaric Metre *

(p.118) 8 Two Studies in Pindaric Metre*
Greek Lyric, Tragedy, and Textual Criticism

W. S. Barrett

Oxford University Press

Short ancipitia in Pindar's dactyloepitrites are more common in the first triad of an ode than in later triads: in first triads about one anceps in nine is short, in later triads about one in forty-six is the norm. But this observation gives only part of the picture: there a further sharp distinction can be drawn between the ancipitia in later triads. The facts, for Pindar's dactylo-epitrite epinikia, are these: Short anceps are not uncommon (a) in the first triad of an ode, (b) in responsion in a later triad, with short anceps in the first triad; in other situations it is rare and perhaps always associated with a proper name. This chapter discusses these issues.

Keywords:   short ancipitia, Pindar, dactyloepitrites, triads, short anceps

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