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(αἶνος; aînos). Archaic narrative form addressed to one person. It is supposed to cause an immediate reaction in the listener or a change in his attitude [4. 77]: i.e. he should either be induced to do something that he had not planned on (after the ainos of Odysseus Eumaeus gives him a blanket: Od. 14,508 ff.); or he should be made to feel frightened and tense by a prophetic, oracle-like tone (Hes. Op. 202-12; 248-51), or by vague threats (cf. Archil. fr. 185 West), which can also drive the subject to his death (Archil. fr…

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Luzzatto, Maria Jagoda (Florence), “Ainos”, 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 19 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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