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Headword: Ῥαψῳδοί
Adler number: rho,71
Translated headword: rhapsodes
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[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.
Notes:
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.
Vetted by:
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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