Practicing Homeric epic meter: dactylic hexameter, with Leonard Muellner

In this video, Leonard Muellner demonstrates and provides help for those learning dactylic hexameter—the meter of Homeric epic. You can hear the rhythm and, by pausing the video, you can practice by repeating what you have heard, or by reading ahead for yourself as demonstrated in the video. The text shown on screen, which includes some lines marked up in a visual way, is also available as a PDF handout for you to refer to or download.

For an explanation of how dactylic hexameter works, please refer to “Introduction to the Meter of Homeric Epic” with Leonard Muellner.