Boustrophedon

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Literary/ Cultural Context Note


A Greek term deriving from the words for 'ox' and 'turn' which names a way of writing, usually in verse, which resembles the line drawn by an ox when ploughing a field. At the end of the first line, the writing turns into the second and heads back in the opposite direction to the first line, and so on.

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Citation:
Editors. "Boustrophedon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=135, accessed 03 September 2015.]