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(προσόδιον/prosódion, Doric ποθόδιον/pothódion sc. μέλος/mélos). The prosódion, a category of lyric poetry, esp. choral, is generally understood as a 'processional song' [2. 30 f.]. Etymologically speaking, prosódion could equally well mean 'contributory'. A form προσῴδιον/prosṓidion ('accompanying song'?) attested in the late lexicographers may date from the 3rd cent. BC (IG XI 120,49). The procession the prosodion accompanied could lead to (Procl. in Phot. Bibl. 320a 18) or from (schol. Dion. Thrax 451,17 Hilgard) an altar or temple…

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Rutherford, Ian C. (Reading), “Prosodion”, 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 26 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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