By Kiichiro Itsumi
Pindar is without doubt one of the maximum Greek poets, yet whereas the metre of 1/2 his poems is straightforward to understand, that of the opposite part has up to now remained imprecise. Kiichiro Itsumi provides a brand new account in their metre. He separates the metre into varieties and identifies a chain of distinct entities from which the verses are made, during this means implementing a brand new readability and self-discipline on what had formerly appeared a far vaguer method. Itsumi's analyses of person poems comprise a dialogue of stanzaic constitution, of textual difficulties, and of specific strains within the stanza and their exploitation in the textual content. those analyses may be a useful source for critical students of Pindar.
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By (b), when three positions, of which the middle one is long, appear between two ww, if (i) either of the outer two is evidently anceps (xw or wx), phrase-boundary is set immediately before 30 The phrase occurs only at the beginning of verse, and is analysed as ^ eþe. 18 Introduction the anceps; if (ii) both the outer two positions are short and it is not possible to decide which is anceps, phrase-boundary is set immediately before the second short. (i) O9s3, 8r awww j uww k gl reiz I7s5a, 6r www j www j uwwwj gl tel hepta gl reiz (ii) N4s4, 12r wwww j www k In the eighteen majors there is no example of .
Www j uww . . and . . ww j uwww . . is natural, and no problem. In the case of . . wwwwww . . the choice between two possible positions is, in a sense, a matter of taste. I prefer . . www j www . . to . . ww j wwww . . 31 Thus, N4s4 (above) is analysed as glþreiz, not as www j wwww k rdod heptaþ1 Rule 7. In spite of Rules 5 and 6, when the phrase after the anceps is very short (ww or w), anceps is treated as a link, in the manner of D/e. 31 Actually the sequence .
47 Rather, one of the two examples functions as prolonged dodrans (dodþ1): O1e7 w w www www k ^e e dod ar A more important diVerence lies in the implication: if (i) is accepted, it means that w ww is a correlative form of www or wwwww and even that responsion between them is theoretically possible. There are 5 cases of w ww, which do not correspond with other forms, in the eighteen majors (O1e2, P2e6, P5e5, P10s2b, P10s4). e. a freer D/e phrase); For acephale in general, see further 6, B and for the ambiguity between aeolic full base w and ^ e, see 7, (4).