A group of four lines of verse.
- There is no alteration in the words; but the two tetrastichs composing the first stanza are transposed.
- They are called the Ausonii Tetrastichon because they are a series of tetrastichs - four-line stanzas - by the fourth century Gallo-Roman poet Ausonius.
- If Edward Cowell hadn't been able to interest Edward FitzGerald in the study of the Persian language in 1852 and brought to FitzGerald's notice in 1856 a Persian manuscript in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, then FitzGerald would not have translated these ‘Epicurean tetrastichs by a Persian of the eleventh century’.
Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek tetrastikhon 'having four rows', from tetra- 'four' + stikhon 'row, line of verse'.
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