Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A Fragment of Archilochos

κηλεῖται δ᾽ ὅτις ἐστιν ἀοιδαῖς

[Whoever exists is enchanted by song]

I've always liked this line. I discovered it some time
ago in the edition of his fragments with commentary by William Harris. He comments on the structure of the line: the two ordinary words on the inside with two syllables each, and the two more colorful tri-syllabic words at the extremities, each with two diphthongs and a circumflex accent.


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