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Wallace Martin Lindsay addresses the still unresolved problem of Saturnian meter in early Latin poetry, presenting the case for the accent-based meter over the quantitative.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-591-9
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 337
Publication Date: Sep 4,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 62
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-591-9
$44.00
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Wallace Martin Lindsay, a Scottish classicist who was Professor of Humanity at St Andrews University and a well-published author on Latin from its earliest forms through the Middle Ages, addresses the difficult issue of Saturnian verses. This native Italian form of poetry fell into disuse by the time of Cicero and very few lines survive. Lindsay evaluates those that do survive in order to define the nature of the Saturnian meter, arguing for a stress accented meter (as in English verse) against Warmington's quantitative scheme using the long-short syllable structure of Greek and later Latin poetry. Since there is still no consensus on whether Warmington or Lindsay were correct, this article remains a current argument for the accented meter. Anyone interested in ancient poetry – particularly Latin poetry – will find this an indispensable resource.

Wallace Martin Lindsay, a Scottish classicist who was Professor of Humanity at St Andrews University and a well-published author on Latin from its earliest forms through the Middle Ages, addresses the difficult issue of Saturnian verses. This native Italian form of poetry fell into disuse by the time of Cicero and very few lines survive. Lindsay evaluates those that do survive in order to define the nature of the Saturnian meter, arguing for a stress accented meter (as in English verse) against Warmington's quantitative scheme using the long-short syllable structure of Greek and later Latin poetry. Since there is still no consensus on whether Warmington or Lindsay were correct, this article remains a current argument for the accented meter. Anyone interested in ancient poetry – particularly Latin poetry – will find this an indispensable resource.

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  • AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHILOLOGY: I - THE SATURNIAN METRE (page 5)
  • II - THE SATURNIAN METRE (page 37)
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