Lex wrote:Do elided vowels still count with respect to scansion?
(D)πολλὰς δ' | (S)ἰφθί | (S)μους ψῡ | (S)χὰς Ἄι | (D)δι προΐ | (S)αψεν
... I assumed the first foot, with δὲ elided to δ', is a dactyl, and read the first iota in ἰφθίμους as long by position.
There are two problems with scanning the first foot that way. First, the 1st declension accusative plural ending -ας has a long alpha. Second, scansion works by the line, rather than word, so πολλὰσδ’ιπφίμους — the -σδ- combination will cause the previous syllable to scan long no mater what the natural length of the vowel.
Also, how important do you think it is to learn prosody when learning Epic? I'd love to skip this part of the lessons, but am afraid it might get me into trouble.
Homer did make a lot of effort to do this, so I would encourage you to learn it. The Epic hexameter isn't too bad with a little practice. In terms of helping, it is sometimes useful to be able to identify the caesura of the line, since a number of funky syntactic things happen across or next to that boundary.