Epirrhematic
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[German version]

Derived from tó epírrhēma (τό ἐπίρρημα, ‘that which is said afterwards’), i.e. the speech following a lyric part. The succession of lyrical and spoken (or rather recited) parts is referred to as an epirrhematic composition. Aeschylus frequently used this form in semi-lyrical  amoibaia. In the Old Comedy, epirrhematic composition can be found in the  parabasis and in the epirrhematic agon.

Bibliography

Th. Gelzer, Der epirrhematische Agon bei Aristophanes, 1960

B. Zimmermann, Unt. zur Form und dramatischen Technik der Ar…

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Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg), “Epirrhematic”, 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 16 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e333200>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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