LJ304 Classical Metrics

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. Mgr. Irena Radová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Irena Radová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Wed 12:00–13:40 A22
Basic knowledge of Latin.
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce students into the basics of Greek and Roman metrics (with special stress on Roman metrics). Students gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skill to handle classical metres with special focus on the correct recitation of Roman poetry. The in-class course is supported by an e-course, where bibliography for individual lessons is also provided.
Learning outcomes
After the completion of the course the students:
- can describe and analyse basic Greek and Roman metres;
- can characterize those metres in the context of classical literatures;
- are able to handle classical metres with special focus on the correct recitation of Roman poetry;
- are also informed about the relevant secondary literature.
  • 1. Introduction into the metrics; origin and development of the Greek and Roman metres; the way of recitation.
  • 2. Existence of ictus.
  • 3. Saturnian verse.
  • 4.-5. Dactylic metre: its origin and development.
  • 6.-7. Iambic metres; their specific features in the Roman poetry.
  • 8.-9. Trochees.
  • 10. Anapaests.
  • 11. Ionian metre, choriambi and paionian metres.
  • 12. Logaedic metres.
  • 13. Polymetric verses.
  • Each lesson includes also the practice of the given metres.
    required literature
  • KUŤÁKOVÁ, Eva. Laudabile carmen. 1. část. Praha: Carolinum, 2013.
  • NOVOTNÝ, František. Řecká a římská metrika. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1955. info
    recommended literature
  • DREXLER, Hans. Einführung in die römische Metrik. 5., unveränd. Aufl. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1993. 200 s. ISBN 3-534-04494-0. info
  • CRUSIUS, Friedrich. Römische Metrik : eine Einführung. München: Max Hueber, 1929. info
    not specified
  • Accent and rhythm :prosodic features of Latin and Greek : a study in theory and reconstruction. Edited by W. Sidney Allen. Cambridge: University Press, 1973. ISBN 0-521-20098-9. info
  • KRÁL, Josef. Řecká a římská rhythmika a metrika. 2, Řecká a římská metrika. Sv. 2. V Praze: Nákladem Jednoty českých filologů, 1911. info
  • OKÁL, Miloslav. Antická metrika a prekladanie gréckej a latinskej poézie do slovenčiny. Bratislava: Slovenský spisovateľ, 1990. ISBN 8022001562. info
  • HRABÁK, Josef. Úvod do studia literatury [Hrabák, 1977]. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1977. 151 p. ; 2. info
  • PETRŮ, Eduard. Úvod do studia literární vědy. 1. vyd. Olomouc: Rubico, 2000. 187 s. ISBN 80-85839-44-X. info
Teaching methods
Lectures and practical analysis and recitation of metres. E-learning.
Assessment methods
The credit is awarded based both on the written test focusing on topics discussed during semester and on practical recitation of selected metres.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.

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