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date: 15 September 2019

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This chapter presents an overview of metrics and music in Roman comedy. It distinguishes between musically accompanied and unaccompanied verses and discusses the evidence for the performance of musically accompanied scenes. The different meters of Roman comedy are briefly described and analyzed in relation to their Greek equivalents. Particular attention is paid to the differences between Plautus, Terence, and their Greek originals in regard to versification, preferences for different meters, the functions they attribute to different meters, and the dramatic significance of metrical changes.

Keywords: metrics, music, accompanied verses, unaccompanied verses, Roman comedy, Plautus, Terence, versification, metrical change

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