Prosodia graeca, sive Metrorum graecorum expositio: necnon dissertatio, anglice scripta, de usu digamma in Homeri carminibus; ejusdemque regulis hexametrorum praecipuis: cui adjiciuntur Iliadis liber primus et pars secundi, cum notis

impensis Bell & Bradfute, 1815

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Seite 28 - Greek writers it is always long, whether spelled with <i or with i. Note 2. It is a part of the above rule, that a long vowel or diphthong at the end of a word, when the word following begins with a vowel, is usually made short in the thesis of a verse. (See above, Chap. I. 4. note 1 .) [§ 17.] 3. Usage (auctoritas) alone makes the vowel in the first syllable of mater, f rater, pravus, mano (I flow), dico...
Seite 26 - A long vowel or diphthong, preceding a short vowel in the end of a word, elided in consequence of the next word beginning with a vowel, remains long before that vowel.
Seite 12 - Л2оНс dialect \ that the digamina, if he did use it, was not a vowel sound, but always possessed the power of a consonant, and that it is essentially necessary for his versification, I must be permitted to withhold my assent from such an opinion. I have already said that the dialect which Homer chiefly used was the Ionian and not the folian.
Seite 15 - Ionic dialect so conspicuous in Homer and Herodotus. It is altogether at variance with its character, to suppose the digamma was ever used but as a vowel sound. To introduce it as a consonant, either with the power of F or V, would be, in my opinion, to barbarise the language, and instead of representing it in the state which Homer used it, to bring it back to those rude and harsh sounds, which probably characterised it when first introduced into Greece by the wandering Pelasgi from their Scythian...
Seite 32 - Pyrrhic and Spondaic and other feet, in a manner which leaves no doubt as to his meaning. Priscian fully agrees with him, and explains himself yet more clearly : ' Nam in unaquaque parte orationis arsis et thesis sunt, non in or dine syllabarum, sedin pronunciation, velut in hac parte, natura ; ut quando dico natu, elevatur vox et est arsis in tu ; quando vero ra, deprimitur vox, et est thesis.
Seite 26 - I have stated, namely, that a long vowel or diphthong at the end of a word, before another vowel or diphthong...
Seite 15 - ... component parts. From this studied harmony, the result of many changes and improvements in the structure of the language, arose that sweet and flowing tone of the Ionian dialect, so conspicuous in Homer and Herodotus. It is altogether at variance with its character to suppose the Digamma was ever used but as a vowel sound.
Seite 16 - Cockney of the present day would sound the v in these words. Hence, Mr Payne Knight remarks, that " it is generally supposed among the learned at present, that the digamma was pronounced like our W, for it corresponded with the Latin V, the sound of which was certainly the same.
Seite 7 - Musaeus, and Eumolpus are recorded as the fathers of Grecian poetry, and even of philosophy and religion ; and though some doubt may be entertained whether all of them were prior to Homer, there can be none respecting the first, since he is represented by that Poet himself as having contended with the Muses...
Seite 36 - ... equal in length to a syllable naturally long, to preserve the harmony of the verse. With what particular cadence and accent hexameter verse was chaunted or sung, we can never learn : It was certainly not monotonous, but required the sound to be regulated in such...

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