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Choral Poetry, Diction of
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The Greek poetic forms characterized by dancing and singing in choruses fall under the label of ‘choral lyric’. As with other ancient Greek poetic genres, choral lyric employs a well-defined literary language, adopted by all choral poets regardless of their geographical provenance. This literary language is distinguished by a marked Doric component, which blends with epic elements and a handful of linguistic features imported from other dialects or poetic traditions.

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Olga Tribulato, “Choral Poetry, Diction of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000054>
First published online: 2013

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