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Plutarch's Rhythmic Prose

G. O. Hutchinson


Greek literature is divided, like many literatures, into poetry and prose; but in the earlier Roman Empire, 31 BC to AD 300, much Greek (and Latin) prose was written in one organized rhythmic system. Whether most, or hardly any, Greek prose adopted this patterning has been entirely unclear; this book for the first time adequately establishes an answer. It then seeks to get deeper into the nature of prose-rhythm through one of the greatest Imperial works, Plutarch’s Lives. All its phrases, almost 100,000, have been scanned rhythmically. Prose-rhythm is revealed as a means of expression, which d ... More

Keywords: Plutarch, prose-rhythm, rhythm, Greek Imperial prose, Latin prose, Chariton, Achilles Tatius, Heliodorus, novel

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198821717
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198821717.001.0001


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G. O. Hutchinson, author
Regius Professor of Greek, University of Oxford
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