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Headword: Ῥαψῳδός
Adler number: rho,70
Translated headword: rhapsode
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The Sphinx stitching together her songs. The name of the rhapsode according to Homer, or it might have been after Homer. Sophocles [writes]: "why, when the watchful dog who wove dark song was here, did you say nothing to free the people?"[1] He is speaking about the Sphinx.
Greek Original:
Ῥαψῳδός: ἡ Σφὶγξ ἡ ῥάπτουσα τὰς ᾠδάς. τὸ δὲ ὄνομα τοῦ ῥαψῳδοῦ καθ' Ὅμηρον, ἢ μεθ' Ὅμηρον ἦν ἄν. Σοφοκλῆς: πῶς οὐχ, ὅθ' ἡ ῥαψῳδὸς ἐνθάδ' ἦν κύων, ἠύδας τι τοῖσδ' ἀστοῖσιν ἐκλυτήριον; περὶ τῆς Σφιγγός φησι.
Notes:
See also rho 71, and generally rho 67, rho 68, rho 69.
[1] Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus 391-392 (Jebb's translation, see web address 1), with comment from the scholia there.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: chronology; definition; epic; imagery; meter and music; mythology; tragedy
Translated by: Nathan Greenberg on 19 August 2002@18:13:30.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 20 August 2002@03:25:50.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 20 August 2002@10:54:23.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 24 August 2011@06:23:22.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 27 October 2013@09:17:02.

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