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Nenia [naenia; exequiae, exsequiae] (Lat.; Ger. Nänie)locked

  • Geoffrey Chew
  •  and Thomas J. Mathiesen


Funeral song in ancient Rome in praise of a dead person, analogous to the Greek Thrēnos (threnody). It was generally sung by praeficae (professional female mourners) or by female relatives of the dead person, to the accompaniment of one or more tibiae, or to the lyra; the tuba and cornu were also used for funeral music, often as purely instrumental music. The ...

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