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The metre in the poems of Christopher Mitylenaios

Marc De Groote (UGent)
(2010) BYZANTINISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT. 103(2). p.571-594
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The poetical corpus of 11th-c. Christopher Mitylenaios, such as it is found in manuscript No. Z alpha XXIX (13th c.) of the Biblioteca della Badia Great in Grottaferrata, consists of 145 poems and 2856 verses. Of these carmina 123 are written in jambic trimeters, 18 in dactylic hexameters, three in elegiac distichs, and one in an Anacreontic metre. In the first part of the article outer metric is discussed; among other things one learns that the Anacreontic poem 75 forms metrically a case of its own as it consists of eight strophes of four verses each, whereby the even strophes are followed by two so-called koukottllia, that the dactylic hexameters use 28 out of 32 possible schemes, thus contrasting with the Callimachean and Nonnian types, and that in the dodecasyllables the so-called Binnenschluss after the 5th foot is overwhelmingly present while in no less than 16 hexameters the poet uses a caesura after the 3rd foot. In the second part (inner metric) the numerous transgressions of metrical laws are investigated, as well as verse end and accentuation, and prosody; this last item concerns long and short vowels, diphthongs and dichrona, correptio Attica and hiatus. The text ends with a twofold appendix about caesurae.
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Byzantine poetry, metre

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De Groote, Marc. 2010. “The Metre in the Poems of Christopher Mitylenaios.” Byzantinische Zeitschrift 103 (2): 571–594.
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De Groote, Marc. (2010). The metre in the poems of Christopher Mitylenaios. BYZANTINISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT, 103(2), 571–594.
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De Groote M. The metre in the poems of Christopher Mitylenaios. BYZANTINISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT. 2010;103(2):571–94.
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De Groote, Marc. “The Metre in the Poems of Christopher Mitylenaios.” BYZANTINISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT 103.2 (2010): 571–594. Print.
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  author       = {De Groote, Marc},
  issn         = {0007-7704},
  journal      = {BYZANTINISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT},
  keyword      = {Byzantine poetry,metre},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {571--594},
  title        = {The metre in the poems of Christopher Mitylenaios},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/BYZS.2010.016},
  volume       = {103},
  year         = {2010},
}

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