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date: 01 December 2022



  • Peter G. M. Brown


The parts of a Latin drama with musical accompaniment, as contrasted with deverbia or diverbia (unaccompanied passages, in iambic senarii). Two types may be distinguished: (1) continuous sequences of long lines (septenarii or octonarii) in iambics, trochaics, or anapaests, generally known nowadays as “recitative” lines; (2) passages in a variety of metres, known in antiquity as mutatis modis cantica (“cantica with changes of metre”), in Plautus generally including lyric meters, whereas Terence normally uses combinations of recitative metres. Modern discussions tend to restrict the term to the second type, which is a particular feature of the comedies of Plautus. See metre, latin.

Moore, Timothy J. .


  • Latin Literature

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