Question regarding scansion of a line of Ovid

By HapaxOromenon, in 'General Latin Chat (English)', Jan 11, 2019.

  1. HapaxOromenon New Member

    Hi, I can't figure out the scansion of this line of Ovid: "protinus ut moriar, non ero, terra, tuus" (Tristia 4.10 line 130). I get protinus / ut mori / ar / non ero / terra tu / us, but then the "o" of "ero" is short when clearly it should be long (as far as I know, the only common Latin word with a short final "o" is "ego"). Is there something obvious I'm missing, or some obscure rule I don't know about? Any assistance (so that my brain can stop obsessing over this) would be much appreciated.
  2. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
    The final -o of verbs can be shortened.
  3. Dantius Homo Sapiens

    • Civis Illustris
    in orbe lacteo
    And by later poetry (I don't think Ovid does this, but later authors definitely do) basically any final -o can be shortened.
  4. HapaxOromenon New Member

    Alright thanks, I hadn't heard of this rule. Looking in Vox Latina, I guess it falls under "iambic shortening" (p.86).

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