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“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

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


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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