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(πυρρίχη/pyrrhíchē, Latin pyrrhica). A widespread and well-documented ancient weapon dance. Its early date is suggested by the tales of its origin (Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 7,72,7), linking the pyrrhiche with the Curetes (Str. 10,4,16) and with Athena's dances at her own birth (Lucian, Dialogi deorum 13 Macleod) and at the victory over the Titans (Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. ibid.); other explanations derive the pyrrhiche from Achilles' dance before the funeral pyre (pyrá) of Patroclus (Aristot. fr. 519 Rose), from Pyrrhus' dance of victory (Archil. fr. 190 Ber…

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Harmon, Roger (Basle), “Pyrrhiche”, 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 09 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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