PREFACE

WITH Greek Metre ( 1982) I aimed to provide a work of reference that would be reasonably comprehensive. Whatever success I may have achieved in that aim, the result was certainly a dense and daunting book for the beginner. In abridging it to make the present volume I have tried to keep the needs of the undergraduate mainly in view, and to produce something more easily digestible as well as more easily affordable. On the one hand I have omitted a great deal of subsidiary detail, including practically all statistics, bibliography, and discussion of rarities. The number of footnotes has been reduced from 458 to 42. On the other hand I have explained some things a bit more slowly, and provided some additional examples. There has also been some rearrangement: I have given prosody and the main stichic metres chapters to themselves, and amalgamated the two chapters dealing with Hellenistic and post-Hellenistic verse. The appendix on Latin metre and its relation to Greek has been dispensed with.

The book remains fuller than most of its kind. Anyone who has absorbed its contents will be well educated in the subject. Further information on most points is to be found in Greek Metre: let that be said here once and for all.

As a curiosity it may be mentioned that the work of abridgement was begun and finished in the sky--on the outward and return flights between London and Los Angeles, where I spent the early months of this year enjoying sunshine, seafood, and much else.

M. L.W.

Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London May 1986

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Introduction to Greek Metre
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Metrical Symbols ix
  • Abbreviations for Text Collections xi
  • I. the Nature of Greek Metre 1
  • Ii. Prosody 10
  • Iii. the Standard Stichic Metres 19
  • Iv. the Lyric Poets 31
  • V. the Lyric Metres of Drama 48
  • Vi. the Later Centuries 68
  • Glossary-Index 85
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