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    I'm trying to write a commentary and not only is Facebook distracting me, but I now have a mindblock because I realised that one of my points relies on an ambiguous rhythm that I can't work out

    Can someone please try and scan this line for me:

    da propriam Thymbraee domum da moenia fessis

    It's the "Thymbraee" that gets me, can't work out if "aee" counts as one syllable or two...

    Thanks a bunch!
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    Scansion's not my strong suit but I'll give it a go.

    I'd take 'Thymbraee' as being 3 syllables - it's the diphthong 'ae', which is a single syllable, followed by an 'e', which is another syllable.

    / da pro / priam / Thymbraee / domum / da mo [enia fessis]

    I'm probably missing out on some arcane rule of scansion that makes this horribly incorrect, but so it goes.

    (Looking at the fact you're doing Latin at Durham I can't help but feel somewhat unqualified...)
 
 
 
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