It is unfortunately impossible to trace the plan of the poem, which presumably detailed the adventures of this unheroic character: the metre used was a curious mixture of hexametric
and iambic lines.
It stands with Christian Bernhard Kayser's hexametric
version, completed in 1763, as arguably the poem's most significant early reworking.
To mega biblion; book-ends, end-titles, and coronides in papyri with hexametric
Other examples of their displays of metrical prowess are "Tene putas, Daniel": here again, it cannot have been sung according to its metric, for its tune is that of "Salve festa dies" in elegiacs, onto which have been grafted hexameters; moreover, the next item ("Angelicum solita"), though hexametric
, is set to the St.
67) On the other hand, habrocomes, with rough breathing, is found in Euripides as an epithet for a palm-tree, and it soon becomes very common in late hexametric
3) What happened between the printed hexametric
version and Batsanyi's private withdrawal of his translation?
Leonello next moves on to question a standard school text, the Disticha Catonis, composed of various moralistic sentences expressed as one-line (or longer) pieces of prose, and sometimes as hexametric