has no heroes but ghosts (cellared) wrote in classicalgreek,
has no heroes but ghosts

(very) novice question here regarding the iliad!

can a principal caesura occur in the first foot of a line? i'm looking particularly at I. l 52 (lines 50 and 52 included for context)

οὐρῆας μὲν πρῶτον ἐπῴχετο καὶ κύνας ἀργούς,
αὐτὰρ ἔπειτ᾽ αὐτοῖσι βέλος ἐχεπευκὲς ἐφιεὶς
βάλλ᾽: αἰεὶ δὲ πυραὶ νεκύων καίοντο θαμειαί.

i want to place it following the first syllable, since βάλλ' is enjambment and completes the previous phrase, but i've seen it scanned with a strong caesura in the fourth foot. is there a rule against locating the principal caesura earlier in the line?

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