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Embaterion
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(ἐμβατήριον/embatḗrion, sc. μέλος/mélos, ᾆσμα/âisma). Military march, often sung, usually played by an auletes (flute-player), although Phillis of Delos speaks of κινήσεις ἐμβατηρίους (kinḗseis embateríous) in connection with ἀρχαίους κιθαρῳδούς (archaíous kitharōidoús; Ath. 1,21f-22a). The proto-Corinthian Chigi vase of c. 630 BC (Rome, VG 22679) shows warriors marching with a flute-player (cf. Thuc. 5,70). The rhythm was undoubtedly anapaestic: Dion Chrys. 2,59 (PMG 856; cf. PMG 857) quotes one such song, supposedly…

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Robbins, Emmet (Toronto), “Embaterion”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e329790>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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