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Scansion of Iliad I.14

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Scansion of Iliad I.14

Postby Aether » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:52 pm

στέμματ᾿ ἔχων ἐν χερσὶν ἑκηβόλου Ἀπόλλωνος
Iliad I.14
I cannot figure how to scan this line. All I doubt is that βό in ἑκηβόλου is long. Could someone tell me how to scan this line and why?
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Re: Scansion of Iliad I.14

Postby modus.irrealis » Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:04 pm

The trick is that long vowels and diphthongs can be shortened before other vowels (the technical term is "epic correption"), so the -ου of ἑκηβόλου scans short, and then you have to remember that the α of Ἀπόλλων can be either long or short, so altogether it's

- v v | - - | - v v | - v v | - - | - -
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Re: Scansion of Iliad I.14

Postby Aether » Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:17 pm

Thanks for your prompt answer!
Oh, I have checked Pharr's again, and notieced 571. The variations of Quantily.
It seems that scansion in Homer's is more variable than in Aeneid.
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