Figure Name homoeoprophoron
Source Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm); Macbeth (1876) ("alliteration," "homoeopropheron"); Bullinger (1898) ("homoeopropheron; or, alliteration")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms alliteratio, alliteration, homoeopropheron
Etymology from Gk. homoios "like" and prophero "to carry" or, "place before"
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Phonological

1. Repetition of the same consonant (especially the initial consonant) in neighboring words.

Although synonymous with the more restricted sense of alliteration, this term was used to name a stylistic vice (paroemion). (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Alliteration, or Homreopropheron, is the employment in close succession of two or more words that begin with the same letter, as when Elijah Fenton terms Waller-
"Maker and model of melodious verse." (Macbeth)

3. Successive words which carry the same letter or the same syllable fore, or at the beginning. (Bullinger, 180)


1. O Tite tute Tati tibi tanta tyranne tulisti —Ennius (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. So much is our language inclined to this, that thus on a prayer-book wrote Richard Crashaw of "Prayer:"
"It is the armory of light;
Let constant use but keep it bright,
You find it yields
To holy hands and humble hearts
More swords and shields
Than sin hath snares or hell hath darts." (Macbeth)

3. The song of Deborah, in Judges 5 (Bullinger 180-185).

3. "We give thanks to God always for you all." -1 Thess. 1:2 The last words are emphasized by being put as a beautiful Homoeo-propheron. The Greek is "Pantote Peri Panton", ie. always concerning you all. (Bullinger, 186)

Kind Of Repetition
Part Of
Related Figures paroemion, alliteration, paroemion
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ioanna Malton
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes "alliteration" has a separate entry in the db. do you want it consolidated with this one? - sam
Reviewed No