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Maurice J.E. Brown and Denise Davidson Greaves

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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Name for Dionysus and hence primarily a song in his honour (cf Paean). Though probably older, the term first appears in a text of Archilochus (fl early 7th century bce), where it is suggested that one of a group of revellers or celebrants leads the rest in singing a dithyramb (West, frag.120). With Arion of Methymna (c600 bce), the dithyramb became more literary and a more practised public choral

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