Dactylic Hexameter Verse - The Latin Library

    Dactylic Hexameter Verse Ancient verse was composed in lines of long or short syllables in different combinations. Dactylic hexameter consists of lines made from six (hexa) feet, each foot containing either a long syllable followed by two short syllables (a dactyl: – ˇ ˇ) or two long syllables (a spondee: – –). The first four feet may either be dactyls or spondees.

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