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L. Ceccarelli
Contributions to the History of Latin Elegiac Distich

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362 p., 120 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-57459-2
Languages: English
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The elegiac distich was introduced in Rome by Quintus Ennius, in the first half of the 2nd century BC. It became the standard meter of epigram and elegy, its life extending over a very long period, from archaic Latinity to late antiquity (and beyond, to the Middle Ages and the early modern period). This volume provides scholars with a collection of (in good part previously unpublished) first-hand analyses of the elegiac distich, based on the scansion of nearly all Latin poetry in this meter, from Catullus to Venantius Fortunatus. As such, it reconstructs the evolution of the Latin elegiac distich in the first seven hundred years of its history, and it sheds new light on the metrical style of almost all Latin poets who composed verses in it during the period under consideration.

Lucio Ceccarelli is Professor of Latin Literature at the University of L’Aquila. His research focuses mainly on Latin poetic meter. He has authored a monograph on the Latin hexameter (Roma, 2008) and several articles on archaic and classical Latin meter.

 

Table of Contents

Part I: The Latin Elegiac Distich from Catullus to Martial

Chapter 1: The realisation of the metrical scheme in the classical elegiac distich

1. The hexameter in the classical elegiac distich
2. The pentameter in the classical elegiac distich
3. The realisation of the metrical scheme of the classical elegiac distich. Summarising conclusions

Chapter 2: The line-breaks of the classical elegiac hexameter

1. The line-breaks in the third foot of the classical hexameter
2. The line-breaks in the fourth foot of the classical elegiac hexameter

Chapter 3: The verbal metre of the classical elegiac distich

1. The clausula of the classical elegiac hexameter
2. The clausula of the classical pentameter
3. The verbal metre of the second hemistich of the classical pentameter
4. Iambic words before diaeresis in the classical Latin pentameter

Chapter 4: Synaloepha in the classical elegiac distich

Chapter 5: The elegiac distich in the classical period. Summarising conclusions

Chapter 6: Elegiac hexameter and hexameter kata stichon. The classical period


Part II: The late antique Latin elegiac distich

Chapter 1: The late antique elegiac distich. Preliminary considerations

Chapter 2: The realisation of the metrical scheme of the late antique elegiac distich

1. The late antique elegiac hexameter
2. The late antique pentameter

Chapter 3: The line-breaks in the late antique elegiac hexameter

1. The line-breaks in the third foot of the late antique elegiac hexameter
2. The line-breaks in the fourth foot of the late antique elegiac hexameter

Chapter 4: The verbal metre of the late antique elegiac distich

1. The clausula of the late antique elegiac hexameter
2. The clausula of the late antique pentameter
3. The verbal metre of the second hemistich of the late antique pentameter
4. Iambic words before diaeresis of the late antique pentameter

Chapter 5: Synaloepha in the late antique elegiac distich

Chapter 6: Hexameter kata stichon and elegiac hexameter in the late antique period

Chapter 7: The late antique elegiac distich. Conclusions

Final considerations

Bibliography

Tables

Index of tables

Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Specific genres
Latin Poetry - Classical

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