Patterns of text layout in Pompeian verse inscriptions
Kruschwitz, P. H. P. (2008) Patterns of text layout in Pompeian verse inscriptions. Studia Philologica Valentina, 11. pp. 225-264. ISSN 1135-9560
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This article explores patterns of formal text layout of the metrical graffiti of Pompeii. After a brief discussion of the importance of formal text layout for linguistic research in general (and its relevance for poetic texts), a representative sample of poetic graffiti is discussed and analysed in detail. It is argued, then, that nature of the surface and sentence structure in particular can take precedence over the ‘default solution’ (coincidence of verse and line structures).
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