Metrics (métron), Ancient Theories of
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The beginnings of Greek metrics seem to date back to Classical Athens (Hippias of Elis, Damon of Oa): the science concerned phonetics, prosody and the study of musical and prosodic rhythm. As the relationship between music and poetical text underwent deep changes, after the influence of a new ‘school’ o…

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Marco Ercoles, “Metrics (métron), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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