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Headword: Ῥαψῳδοί
Adler number: rho,71
Translated headword: rhapsodes
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the ones reciting the works of Homer in the theaters; they were so called because they recited while holding staffs [rhabdoi].[1] But [the verb] to rhapsodize is to emit nonsense; or simply to take [the staff?] and to declaim, to no purpose.
Greek Original:
Ῥαψῳδοί: οἱ τὰ Ὁμήρου ἔπη ἐν τοῖς θεάτροις ἀπαγγέλλοντες: οἳ ἐκλήθησαν οὕτως, ἐπεὶ ῥάβδους ἔχοντες ἀπήγγελλον. ῥαψῳδῆσαι δέ ἐστι τὸ φλυαρῆσαι: ἢ τὸ ἁπλῶς λαβεῖν καὶ ἀπαγγεῖλαι, χωρὶς ἔργου τινός.
cf. generally rho 67, rho 68, rho 69, rho 70. The material of the present entry is similar to that in the scholia to Plato, Ion 530A, where the headword occurs.
[1] For this etymology cf. LSJ s.v. ῥάβδος , para.6. An alternative and more common one connects the rhapsodes with the verb ῥάπτειν (rho 47, and see LSJ s.v. ῥαψωδός ).
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; poetry; rhetoric
Translated by: Nathan Greenberg on 6 October 2002@09:31:32.
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David Whitehead (added notes; augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 6 October 2002@09:54:13.
Ross Scaife ✝ (improved betacode) on 6 October 2002@14:24:35.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 24 August 2011@06:27:54.
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