Pede certo offers six different search systems for obtaining a selection of verses from the corpus.
In all cases, the verses are presented with metrical notations (quantities, main caesurae, bucolic diaereses, synalephas, hiatuses).
Search for one or more forms
HOME > SEARCH BY > FORM
Search for verses containing one or more keywords, including wildcard symbols.
On the results page, each verse will be shown with a symbolic representation
of the position in which the form searched for occurs. On the same page, by clicking on the Statistics
button, one gets a table showing all the positions and the frequency of each, as well as – upon request – their textual distribution.
Search for a word-type
HOME > SEARCH BY > WORD-TYPE
Search the verses for words presenting a specific prosodic structure,
which may be defined by selecting a sequence of long and short
syllables within a grid. As with the previous search, the results page will
provide a symbolic representation of the position in which the prosodic structure searched for occurs,
along with a stats table. By clicking on the Alphabetical list button, one gets all forms
with a prosodic structure within verses matching the search key.
Search for the pattern of the verse
HOME > SEARCH BY > VERSE-TYPE
By typing or pasting a complete verse into the specific field, the system will provide a search for all verses
with the same sequence of meters and pauses. For the latter, one can choose to include all
the caesurae and the diaereses (also together with hiatuses and synalephas), or just the main ones.
A similar feature is also available in the Advanced Search (just clicking on the button
Insert a verse in the grid); here, however, the key resulting from the scan can be changed,
for example by considering indifferent some parts of it and thereby enlarging the field of research.
Search for patterns and features
HOME > SEARCH BY > PATTERNS AND FEATURES
The page presents a list of predefined options for different verse features that may be combined
(patterns for hexameters and pentameters, spondaic verses, synalepha with the following verse, etc.).
Search for a metrical sequence (within a given metrical pattern)
HOME > SEARCH BY > ADVANCED SEARCH
Search for verses containing a chosen sequence of long or short syllables, caesurae, diaereses, synalephas and hiatuses
– in a specific position within a hexameter or pentameter pattern.
It is also possible to search for metrical sequences matching individual syllables,
which may be inserted within specific fields below the quantity selected.
Search for a metrical sequence (in any position)
HOME > SEARCH BY > ADVANCED SEARCH > SEARCH IN ANY POSITION WITHIN A VERSE
This search may be performed by selecting the Search in any position within a verse option
in the same grid used for the previous search.
This is used to search for quantity sequences – including single syllables –
regardless of their place within the metrical pattern of a verse.
Pede certo provides three kinds of lists for the prosodic structures featured in the corpus.
In all cases, what is meant by prosodic structure is not the natural structure that words possess
outside a metrical context, but the structure they display within a verse
after any sandhi changes have occurred.
HOME > PROSODIC STRUCTURES
This section may be accessed by clicking on a specific title on the menu page.
It consists in a complete alphabetical list of all prosodic structures.
The prosodies may be accessed by clicking on the grey triangle before each form.
These are ordered according to decreasing frequency and the positions in which they occur are also provided.
HOME > SEARCH BY > FORM > UNICA
This may be accessed from the Search by form page.
It consists in a list of forms that occur only once in the corpus
and which are presented together with their prosodic structures.
The list also includes forms that are not one-offs, but occur only once with an exceptional prosodic structure:
in this case, the entry will be marked by *.
Alphabetical list of word-types
HOME > SEARCHES > SEARCH BY WORD-TYPE > ALPHABETICAL LIST
This may be accessed after running a search in the Search by word-type page,
by clicking on the Alphabetical list button on the results page.
The alphabetical list covers all forms whose prosodic structure in verses
matches the sequence of syllabic quantities inserted as a search key.
Each form is presented with the positions in which it occurs and their frequency.