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Pindaric metre : the 'other half'

Author: Kiichiro Itsumi
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book aims to describe the metrical features of the twenty-two Pindaric epinikia which are not composed in dactylo-epitrite ('the other half'). These odes are puzzling, and scholars currently assume, without detailed examination, that they are all composed in a single type of metre which is often called 'aeolic'. Kiichiro Itsumi argues that there are in fact two types of metre (Pindaric epinikia are not as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Pindar; Pindar; Pindar.; Pindarus; Pindarus.; Pindaros; Pindaros
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kiichiro Itsumi
ISBN: 9780199229611 0199229619
OCLC Number: 260204593
Description: xix, 464 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I. Introduction --
Part II. The eighteen majors --
Part III. Miscellanea.
Responsibility: Kiichiro Itsumi.
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Pindar is one of the greatest Greek poets, but the metre of about half of his odes is very obscure. This study presents a convincing new analysis of their metre, together with discussions of stanzaic  Read more...

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Itsumi is a master at clear exposition. Where the risk with metrical studies...is losing the forest for the trees, he sketches beforehand and summarises afterward; and the elaborate signposting makes Read more...

 
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