Ancient Prose Rhythm
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In Greek, every speech utterance consists of a series of syllables of clearly differentiated length. This difference in length may, intentionally or unintentionally, yield a certain rhythm. Because of this, artful prose aspires to attain ideal rhythmical patterns, which are determined by the prosody and metrics of poetry. Prose – as opposed to poetry, which is defined by a strictly…

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Gregor Staab, “Ancient Prose Rhythm”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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