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Demodocus
(382 words)

(Δημόδοκος; Dēmódokos).

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[1] Singer at the royal court of the Phaeaces

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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Nünlist, René (Basle) and Bowie, Ewen (Oxford), “Demodocus”, 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 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e314990>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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