Brill’s New Pauly

Get access

Paean
(1,081 words)

[German version]

(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 …

Cite this page
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 08 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e903750>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



▲   Back to top   ▲