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Propemptikon
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(προπεμπτικόν, sc. μέλος/mélos, ᾆσμα/â isma). A poem that wishes a departing friend or relative all the best for a prosperous trip overseas (εὔπλοια/eúploia). In Late Antiquity there was also the προπεμπτικὸς λόγος (propemptikòs lógos), a speech written in prose whose topoi were stipulated by the rhetors and listed (e.g. Menander Rhetor 3,395-99 Spengel); these included the prayer for a safe journey and return, the dangers of sea travel, praise of the destination, lamentation because of abandonment by the departi…

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Robbins, Emmet (Toronto), “Propemptikon”, 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 02 August 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1010460>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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