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Prooemium
(1,192 words)

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I. Concept

Greek προοίμιον/prooímion, (tragedy:) φροίμιον/phroímion, Latin prooemium, prohoemium: 1) hymn to the gods (as an opening), 2) introductory section of a poem, 3) beginning of a speech, 4) introduction.

As was already realized in Antiquity [8. 19], prooímion is etymologically related to οἴμη (oímē, ‘song’, ‘story’, Hom. Od. 8,74; 8,481; 22,347) and οἶμος (oȋmos, ‘stripe’, Hom. Il. 11,24; ‘path’ = ‘song’, H. Hom. 4,451 [4. s. v. οἴμη]).

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Gärtner, Hans Armin (Heidelberg), “Prooemium”, 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 12 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1010410>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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