Metrics and Music

TitleMetrics and Music
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsDeufert, M
EditorFontaine, M, Scafuro, AC
Ancient AuthorsTitus Maccius Plautus (PHI 0119), Publius Terentius Afer (PHI 0134)
Book TitleThe Oxford handbook of Greek and Roman comedy
Series TitleOxford handbooks in Classics and Ancient History
PublisherOxford University Press

This chapter presents an overview of metrics and music in Roman comedy. It distinguishes between musically accompanied and unaccompanied verses and discusses the evidence for the performance of musically accompanied scenes. The different meters of Roman comedy are briefly described and analyzed in relation to their Greek equivalents. Particular attention is paid to the differences between Plautus, Terence, and their Greek originals in regard to versification, preferences for different meters, the functions they attribute to different meters, and the dramatic significance of metrical changes. []


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