Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis
Associate Editors: Vit Bubenik, Emilio Crespo, Chris Golston, Alexandra Lianeri, Silvia Luraghi, Stephanos Matthaios

The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics (EAGLL) is a unique work that brings together the latest research from across a range of disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of Ancient Greek. It is an indispensable research tool for scholars and students of Greek, of linguistics, and of other Indo-European languages, as well as of Biblical literature.

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Iambic Poetry, Diction of

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Author(s): Sara Kaczko
Abstract Under the name of iambic poetry have been transmitted to us fragments of iambic trimeters (also choliambic trimeters), trochaic tetrameters, and epodic combinations whose main themes were invective, aischrología, irony, explicit sexuality. Archilochus of Paros (7th c. BCE), Semonides of Amorgos (7th c. BCE), Hipponax of Ephesus (6th c. BCE) and, later on, Ananius (6th c. BCE), Hermippus of Athens (5th c. BCE) were among the major composers of iambic poetry. The earliest Greek iambographers used a multifaceted arti…
Date: 2013-11-01