Ananius, Testimonia

LCL 259: 502-503

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Iambic Poetry

κατὰ τὸ τέλος πάσχειν τὴν χώλανσιν, ὡς ὁ τοῦ Ἱππώνακτος, ἀλλ᾿ ἀνωτέρω ἀπὸ τῆς τετάρτης χώρας.



lameness at the end, as does the line of Hipponax, but farther back from the fourth position.2

  • 2Similar comments are made by Tzetzes, On Metres (Anecd. Ox. iii.309 Cramer). Of the nine iambic trimeters of Ananius that are extant, three (fr. 1) are pure iambic, three are lame (choliambic), and three are ischiorrhogic (fr. 2 and fr. 3.2–3). Of the many more trimeters of Hipponax about 15 are ischiorrhogic and about 10 pure. It seems, therefore, that Ananius was in fact fonder of the ischiorrhogic than Hipponax. A dispute whether Hipponax or Ananius invented the choliambic is recorded in Hipp. test. 13.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.ananius-testimonia.1999