Greek Rhythm

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Greek Rhythm

Post by easternugget » Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:57 am

I am having trouble making sense of rhythm. The whole rhythm thing is confusing. How do you decide what the rhythm of a word is? I was looking at some of the words from the little lexicon at the back of Mounce (good ole Mounce) and this is what I came up with:
αγαθός
u -- u

αγάπη
u u --

αγαπητός
u u -- u

άγγελος
-- u u

αγιάζω
u u-- --

Now, I understand things can change when put into context, but am I on the right path? Are there any places to go for some good information? Then how does one decide what words to use? Sorry for all these questions.

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Post by GlottalGreekGeek » Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:08 am

I suggest you start by reading this

http://www.aoidoi.org/articles/meter/intro.pdf

I must say, dealing with Greek meter makes (English) iambic pentameter seem ridiculously easy.

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Post by easternugget » Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:22 am

Thanks, I think that will be useful

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Re: Greek Rhythm

Post by annis » Mon Apr 17, 2006 3:06 am

easternugget wrote:I am having trouble making sense of rhythm. The whole rhythm thing is confusing. How do you decide what the rhythm of a word is?


Partly by rules, partly by memorization for the vowels that aren't usually marked for length (α, ι, υ).

αγαθός
u -- u


This is u u x (the 'x' means it could be long or short, depending on what comes next). Does Mounce mark vowel lengths in the vocabulary? If so, this is mismarked.
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Post by easternugget » Mon Apr 17, 2006 3:39 am

No, he doesn't mark it. That was my attempt.

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