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I. Literature – II. Music – III. Orthodox Liturgy

I. Literature

Historically, the term ode (Gk ᾠδή/ōdḗ, “song”; cf. the derivative lit. forms of the palinode, “poetic retraction,” and parody, “mock song/poem”) was increasingly reserved for a formal song or poem of exalted emotion (carmen). Pindar (apart from four books of epinicia [victory songs], only frgms. extant) was the poetic muse of Horace (IV 2), whose four books of carmina (odae), though little read in the Latin Middle Ages, prov…

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Düchting, Reinhard, Brusniak, Friedhelm and Felmy, Karl Christian, “Ode”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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