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Elegies


“In heroic verse this shortening is less frequent; indeed the name Archelaus appeared to Sophocles to suit neither Epic nor Elegiac verse, for he says:

Archeleos; for 'twas meet to the metre to say it thus.1

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Hephaestion Handbook of Metre [syllables of doubtful length]
“‘Rule shows the man’:—Demosthenes in his 5; but Sophocles, in his Elegies , makes it a saying of Solon, and Theophrastus in his treatise On Proverbs , and Aristotle, ascribe it to Bias.” Harpocration Lexicon to the Attic Orators

Χάριτες ‘Graces’ is sometimes used in the sense of

joys

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as by Sophocles in an Elegy.

Erotian Vocabulary to Hippocrates

1 the Greek adjective can mean both ‘suitable' and ‘in accord with the metre’

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