Homer for ADD bards

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Bardo de Saldo
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Homer for ADD bards

Post by Bardo de Saldo » Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:56 pm

ΜΗ:?Ι? ΑΕΙΔΕ ΘΕΑ , ΠΗΛΗΙΑΔΕΩ ΑΧΙΛΗ:ΟΣ

ΟΥΛΟΜΕ?Η? , 'Η ΜΥΡΙ , ΑΧΑΙΟΙΑΛΓΕ ΕΘΗΚΕ ,

ΠΟΛΛΑΣ Δ ΙΦΘΙΜΟΥΣ ΨΥΧΑΣ , ΑΙΔΙ ΠΡΟΙΑΨΕ?

'ΗΡΩΩ? , ΑΥΤΟΥΣ ΔΕ 'ΕΛΩΡΙΑ , ΤΕΥ:ΧΕ ΚΥ?ΕΣΣΙ?

ΟΙΩ?ΟΙ:ΣΙ ΤΕ ΠΑ:ΣΙ , ΔΙΟΣ Δ ΕΤΕΛΕΙΕΤΟ ΒΟΥΛΗ,

ΕΞ 'ΟΥ: ΔΗ ΤΑ ΠΡΩ:ΤΑ , ΔΙΑΣΤΗΤΗ? ΕΡΙΣΑ?ΤΕ

ΑΤΡΕΙΔΗΣ ΤΕ Α?ΑΞ Α?ΔΡΩ:? , ΚΑΙ ΔΙ:ΟΣ ΑΧΙΛΛΕΥΣ .
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Post by Bardo de Saldo » Sun Oct 23, 2005 5:07 pm

That's how I read (sing) my Homer. The first vowel (or diphtong/synizesis) of every foot is colored: red for dactyls and blue for spondees. Heavy breathings are marked by a preceding apostrophe. Acute and circumflex accents are underlined, with a colon after the circumflexes. The underlines serve as a mini pitch chart (they mark the possible high notes in the verse). I've put commas where I think that the caesuras fall. Diaeresis aren't needed with this notation, if you see a red vowel followed by an 'a' and an 'i', for example, the red vowel tells you that what follows are two short syllables, not a diphtong.

Please point out any mistakes.

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Post by GlottalGreekGeek » Sun Oct 23, 2005 5:38 pm

Very cool :D

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Post by Bardo de Saldo » Sun Oct 23, 2005 6:07 pm

Thanks, G-string. For performance purposes, I find this much easier to read than what I started with: a print-out of the polytonic with the metrical signs penciled over it. You get all you need (except for the talent and the articulation) with big letters and without the clutter.

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