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Metrics (métron), Ancient Theories of

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Author(s): Marco Ercoles
Abstract The beginnings of Greek metrics seem to date back to Classical Athens (Hippias of Elis, Damon of Oa): the science concerned phonetics, prosody and the study of musical and prosodic rhythm. As the relationship between music and poetical text underwent deep changes, after the influence of a new ‘school’ of composers (the so called New Dithyrambographers), the field of metrics was restricted to prosodic rhythm (Aristoxenus), based on the alternation of long and short syllables. This is the …
Date: 2013-11-01