when reading verse the verse ictus was given stress.
Let me just say very quickly that I never said that and I don't believe this is true. I've had other debates with people on how Latin verse should be read (I don't remember where exactly; I think it was with Godmy and to some extent with Pacifica ), but I've never claimed that Romans actually read their poetry that way.
I've cast doubts on other ways of reading their poetry and I've said that *we* might as well stress the ictus to get a remote feeling for how a Roman might have perceived quantitative metre. However, I never suggested that that was the way they actually recited their poetry.