screamadelica wrote:Going great with Pharr... fourteen lessons done and it seems like each is actually getting easier. I've picked up the pace to a lesson a day and the extra momentum is helping.
1) I looked all over and couldn't find this question asked, which is probably because it's so simple and stupid. But: am I correct in understanding that in reciting Homer, one should ignore accents totally and absolutely, emphasizing the ictus and nowhere else?
I ask because it sounds profoundly hackish in English when people alter the natural stress of a word to make it fit a meter, and I'd imagine it'd sound weird with a non-stress-accent, too.
I thought there was a standard version of the text but I guess not; even this early in there are differences that change the meaning pretty substantially even though they scan the same. Do different texts have any meaningful differences, i.e. enough to change the meaning entirely?
Bardo de Saldo wrote:Pharr recommends for the rho a French R or a German trilled R, which are different. Does "Vox Graeca" prefer one over the other? I'd say that initial rho, always aspirated, would sound German; and rho in the middle of a word would sound French.
"A(i)di for Aidi (that is, alpha/iota-subscript for alpha/iota)" ~Screamadelica
I don't follow you. alpha/iota subscript is always a diphthong, and alpha/iota is always a diphthong too, unless it's got a diaeresis, as in AÃ¯di. That means that AÃ¯di has three syllables, and that the last iota is long because it's followed by 2 consonants.
Speaking of Pharr's editions... my copy opens in the alphabet.
Bardo de Saldo wrote:AÃ¯di has three syllables, a-i-di, and the first two are short. The third syllable (the second i) is long, at least in the context of Iliad 1-3.
screamadelica wrote:Aaaahh, here's the source of our confusion... Pharr's text gives it á¼ŒÎ¹Î´Î¹ (that is, á¾„Î´Î¹) while Draper's is á¼ŒÏŠÎ´Î¹.
Bardo de Saldo wrote:If Pharr's iota is not subscript and doesn't carry the breathing mark and accent because the alpha is capitalized, wouldn't that make it a diphthong with the alpha and thus a long syllable, as opposed to the two short syllables indicated by the diaeresis?
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