Boustrophedon (59 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • Editors


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.

Editors. "Boustrophedon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2002
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