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Headword: Μονῳδία
Adler number: mu,1244
Translated headword: monody
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a song [sc. sung] from a skene in plays. And [the verb] 'to sing a monody' [means] to lament. The term 'monody' is used when a single person utters the song and not the chorus as a whole.[1]
A 'monody' is a song of lament, possessing neither individualisation nor characterisation.[2]
"And more to the point, while others lament those who have lapsed from wisdom, you have lamented as sinners those who never even sampled it."[3]
Greek Original:
Μονῳδία: ἡ ἀπὸ σκηνῆς ᾠδὴ ἐν τοῖς δράμασι. καὶ μονῳδεῖν τὸ θρηνεῖν. Μονῳδία λέγεται, ὅταν εἷς μόνος λέγῃ τὴν ᾠδὴν καὶ οὐχ ὁμοῦ ὁ χορός. Μονῳδία ἐστὶ θρῆνος ᾠδῆς μήτε προσωποποιί̈αν ἔχων μήτ' ἠθοποιί̈αν. καὶ τὸ μεῖζον, οἱ μὲν ἄλλοι τοὺς ἐκπεπτωκότας σοφίας θρηνοῦσι, σὺ δὲ ὡς ἀλιτηρίους καὶ μηδέποτε γευσαμένους αὐτῆς τεθρήνηκας.
See already mu 1242, mu 1243.
[1] Similar material in Photius (mu528 Theodoridis) and other lexica.
[2] The source of this interesting remark is unknown. (For characterisation see generally eta 157.)
[3] Tentatively attributed by Adler to Damascius; now Damascius, Life of Isidore fr.391 Zintzen.
Keywords: biography; definition; ethics; meter and music; philosophy; stagecraft; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 5 August 2009@08:01:08.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 5 August 2009@13:55:48.
David Whitehead (another note) on 6 August 2009@02:57:41.
David Whitehead on 27 May 2013@04:45:42.


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