An Unknown Correlation in Hexametric Poetry and the Interpretation of the Brevis in Longo Principle


  • Alejandro Abritta Instituto de Filología Clásica, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires - Conicet



Dactylic Hexameter, Brevis in Longo, Ancient Greek Metrics, Bucolic Diaeresis, Hepthemimeral Caesura, Homer, Apollonius Rhodius, Nonnus.


The goal of this paper is to show that (some) Ancient Greek hexametric poets were not indifferent to the quantity of the final syllable of the verse, by studying the correlation between that quantity and the different possible word ends in the fourth foot of the verse. The results of the study suggest that in some poets there was a certain preference for “rhythmic coherence” within the second colon, which indicates that, even if there was “compositional indifference” regarding the quantity of the last syllable, there was not “actual indifference”.


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Biografia do Autor

Alejandro Abritta, Instituto de Filología Clásica, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires - Conicet

Becario de investigación del Instituto de Filología Clásica de la UBA


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Abritta, A. (2017). An Unknown Correlation in Hexametric Poetry and the Interpretation of the Brevis in Longo Principle. Classica - Revista Brasileira De Estudos Clássicos, 30(2), 9–24.