Singer at the royal court of the Phaeaces; as an indirect self-portrait, his slightly idealized description (Hom. Od. 8), just as that of Phemius, constitutes an important source for the self-perception, working style and social status of the Homeric aoidoi. D. is highly regarded in society; his name (‘whom the people receives’) is very telling and specifically explained in ‘etymological’ term…
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