The meter of the Disticha Catonis

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Analysis of the meter of the Disticha Catonis supports a date of the first century AD; it also reveals the author's concern with writing in a simple meter that privileges individual words and syntax over poetic effects. As a result, the notion that the Disticha was used as an ancient educational text, which was first proposed by Marrou and Bonner, seems more likely.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-329
Number of pages17
JournalClassical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2012

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