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Re: CHAT: Excessive alliteration

From:Irina Rempt <ira@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 30, 2000, 6:56
On Tue, 30 May 2000, Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote:

> À propos of nothing, I just encountered this line from Ennius (Quintus > Ennius, 239-169? BCE): > > O TITE TUTE TATE TIBI TANTA TYRANNE TULISTI > > The commentary said: "Already early quoted in commentaries on style to > show the excessive use of alliteration."
I was about to write "it's a good thing that the Romans didn't have false teeth" when I realized that the Romans *did* have false teeth. Not all Romans, of course, but senators and such, being old and rich, would have been most likely to have them. Irina -- Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself) - (Valdyas) (home)