Brill’s New Pauly

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(Doric, later generally widespread Παιάν/Paián; epic Παιήων/Paiḗōn; Ionic-Attic Παιών/Paiṓn; Aeolian Πάων/Páōn; Lat. paean). Term for a Greek song genre as well as a god, later an epithet for various gods. The etymology of the word is obscure [1; 2; 3]. Modern treatises on the song genre paean usually make the identity of the name for the song and the god the starting-point of their considerations. Either the god was a personification of the call [4; 5] drawn from the impersonal cry ἰὴ παιάν (iḕ paián) or there was originally a god Paean to whom the cry ἰὴ Παιάν (iḕ Paián) was …

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Käppel, Lutz (Kiel), “Paean”, 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 21 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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