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  • threnody

    December 23, 2012

  • A dirge composed and performed by professional mourners in classical Greek funerals. In the classical period, the thrênos was still remembered as a distinct type of lyric poetry, but it was interchangeable with goos, especially in tragedy (e.g., formal laments of a female chorus in Greek drama), and could be used to refer to any kind of lament, not necessarily for the dead.

    (mostly taken from "The Ritual Lament in Greek Tradition" Alexiou, 1976)

    December 23, 2012