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Volume 163, Issue 1


The Stylistic Function of Neologisms in Cercidas

Duccio Guasti
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Published Online: 2018-06-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/phil-2018-0010


In this paper I analyze the rhetorical function of compositional neologisms in Cercidas’ versification, in order to provide a new semantical and/or syntactical explanation for single words that have not been correctly interpreted before. In particular I analyze the fragments 1.41–50 Lom., 2.25–7 Lom. and 60 Lom., focusing especially on the correct interpretation of τεθνακοχαλκίδης, συοπλουτοσύνη and μεταμελλοδύνη. At the end of the paper, final considerations on the rhetorical function of neologism in Cercidas’ text are offered.

Keywords: Cercidas; Greek morphology; Greek vocabulary; intertextuality; poetics


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Published Online: 2018-06-15

Published in Print: 2019-05-29

Citation Information: Philologus, Volume 163, Issue 1, Pages 95–109, ISSN (Online) 2196-7008, ISSN (Print) 0031-7985, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/phil-2018-0010.

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