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The Elegiambus is in ancient Latin Verslehre one of hemiepes and jambischem Dimeter formed meter after the metric scheme

—◡◡ — ◡◡— (◡) ‖  —◡— —◡

The name reflects the composition of the preceding hemiepes, which corresponds to the second half of the pentameter in the Elegeion , the elegiac distich , and the following iambic colon .

Examples can be found in the 11th Epode of Horace , such as:

iussus abire domum ferebar incerto pede

A similar verse in Greek poetry is the enkomiologikus , which corresponds to an Elegiambus shortened by the last two links.


Individual evidence

  1. Horace Epoden XI, 20 .