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(σιμῳδία/simōidía). A Hellenistic genre of ‘low’ lyric poetry, named after its most important representative, Simus of Magnesia (Str. 14,1,41; Aristocles in Ath. 14,620d). According to Aristocles, sim ōidía was a newer term for hilarōidía (Ath. loc.cit.), which had become popular with some because of the fame of Simus in comparison to earlier hilarōidoí. It is related by Strabo to lysiōidía (‘play with female characters in male attire’) and magōidía (‘rude pantomime’; Str. loc.cit.; cf. Ath. 14,620e) as well as to kinaidologeȋn (‘talk of obscene things’); cf. Ath.…

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Harmon, Roger (Basle), “Simodia”, 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 16 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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