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Receiving the kômos, the context and performance of epinician

By M. Heath


Epinician poetry is associated with the kômos that celebrated victory, and shares with other komastic poetry the reception-motif that points to the arrival of the kômos at a temple or the victor's home as its typical context (although processional performance is possible in some cases). Kômoi typically involved unison singing of traditional victory songs, but there is no compelling evidence to support the assumption that commissioned epinician poetry was typically performed by a chorus; some evidence suggests that solo performance may have been the norm

Year: 1988
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