1776, a Dissertation on Babrias, and a collection of his fables in choliambic
meter found in a MS.
The Mimiambs of Herodas: Translated Into an English 'Choliambic
' Metre With Literary-Historical Introductions and Notes
sometimes been called a "limping meter." The choliambic
Catullus 8 is written in the choliambic
meter, sometimes also called 'limping iambics', or scazons.
Fantuzzi & Hunter 2004:8-9, who add: 'In so doing, Callimachus' Hipponax not only reveals, with a keen sense of history, that he knows that invective poetry was closely linked to the specific context where it was produced (the culture of archaic Ionia), but he also reflects, within the scope of his new poetic programme (and that of Callimachus), a sense of the progressive elimination of personal polemic, which had marked the evolution of comic and satirical literature from iambic poetry to Middle and New Comedy', and further on (10-11), elements of 'the true iambiko~ character--aggressive, bantering, admonitory--expressed in the Ionic dialect' and in choliambic
and iambic metres maintain the connection with Hipponax in Iambi 1-5 and 13.
It is in keeping with the same spirit of late sixth-century experimentation and variation that Hipponax conceived the idea of altering the trimeter's verse end and created the choliambic
His fables are for the most part versions of the stock stories associated with the name of Aesop; however, Babrius rendered them into the scazon, or choliambic
Greek poet, probably of the Aegean island of Cos, and the author of short dramatic scenes in choliambic
verse of a world of low life similar to that portrayed in the New Comedy.
The vast majority of the poems are in elegiac couplets, with one in choliambics
and one in hendecasyl-labics in the Xenia, and nine in hendecasyllabics in the Apophoreta.
The six satires, amounting to 650 lines, are in hexameters, but what appears as a prologue, in which Persius (an extremely wealthy man) ironically asserts that he writes to earn his bread, not because he is inspired, is in choliambics
. The first satire censures literary tastes of the day, which are seen as reflecting the decadence of national morals.