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Headword: Χορείαν
Adler number: chi,398
Translated headword: choral dance
Vetting Status: high
The ancients [sc. called thus] the dance accompanied with singing.[1]
Homer[2] knew two dances, the one of the tumblers[3] and the other with a playing-ball.[4] Aristonicus of Carystus, King Alexander's fellow ball-player, used to practice the ball-version.[5]
Also [sc. attested is the term] χορεῖον ,[6] [meaning] dancing.[7]
Greek Original:
Χορείαν: οἱ παλαιοὶ τὴν μετὰ ᾠδῆς ὄρχησιν. δύο δὲ ὀρχήσεις οἶδεν Ὅμηρος, τὴν τῶν κυβιστητήρων καὶ τὴν διὰ τῆς σφαίρας. τὴν δὲ σφαιριστικὴν ἔπαιζεν Ἀριστόνικος ὁ Καρύστιος, ὁ Ἀλεξάνδρου τοῦ βασιλέως συσφαιριστής. καὶ Χορεῖον, ἡ χόρευσις.
[1] The headword (a single word in the Greek) is in the accusative case, evidently quoted from somewhere; there are numerous possibilities.
[2] What follows is also in Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 1.14D [1.25 Kaibel]; cf. omicron 670.
[3] Homer, Iliad 18.605, Odyssey 4.18 (web address 1 and web address 2).
[4] Homer, Odyssey 6.100 ff., 8.372 ff. (web address 3 and web address 4)
[5] cf. omicron 670 and sigma 1719; also mentioned in Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 1.19A [1.34 Kaibel] (honorary citizenship of Athens, with statue), and Eustathius, Commentary on Homer's Odyssey 8.376 (there as Alexander the ball-player).
[6] Also glossed in ps.-Zonaras as the location of dancing and in Hesychius as a place where dancing is taught, an altar, or a piece of music.
[7] Also in ps.-Zonaras s.v. χορεία .
Associated internet addresses:
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Web address 2,
Web address 3,
Web address 4
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; meter and music
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 28 December 2007@18:09:39.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 30 December 2007@05:41:17.
Catharine Roth (tweaked notes) on 5 October 2013@00:33:25.
David Whitehead (another note) on 12 November 2013@07:49:26.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 22 October 2014@00:45:39.
David Whitehead (expanded 2 refs) on 14 January 2015@10:27:44.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 15 January 2015@00:26:25.
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