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Aoidos (Gk.: ‘singer’, ‘bard’)locked

  • Geoffrey Chew
  •  and Denise Davidson Greaves


A term used by Homer to describe performers of epics (e.g. Phemius and Demodocus in the Odyssey) who sang and accompanied themselves on the Phorminx or kitharis ( see Kithara ). The language, musical accompaniment and details of performing practice of the aoidoi were transmitted orally, and their formulaic practice is believed to underlie the hexameter poetry of the ...

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Musical Antiquary