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Dithyramb (Gk. dithurambos).locked

  • Maurice J.E. Brown
  •  and Denise Davidson Greaves


Name for Dionysus and hence primarily a song in his honour (cf Paean). Though probably older, the term first appears in a text of Archilochus (fl early 7th century bce), where it is suggested that one of a group of revellers or celebrants leads the rest in singing a dithyramb (West, frag.120). With ...

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