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Symposium

Geoffrey Chew and Thomas J. Mathiesen

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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(Lat.; from Gk. sumposion). In ancient Greece and Rome, a drinking party, often with musical entertainments, after the deipnon or evening meal; weddings, birthdays, victors’ feasts and the arrival and departure of friends were typical occasions on which a symposium would have been held. The order of events generally followed a prescribed plan; they included libations (drink-offerings) and a paean sung to the accompaniment of the aulos each time a fresh kratēr of mingled

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Subjects: Music

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