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The T Scholia on Iliad 24.496b express incredulity at the possibility that Theano, the wife of Antenor, could have borne the fifty children that Bacchylides is said to have claimed for her.
It will also emerge that certain ancient testimonies bear witness to ongoing controversy during the heyday of dithyramb as to its religious affiliations, partly a consequence of the interchange of poets and styles of poem between Dionysiac and non-Dionysiac Athenian performances in the same performance mode.
As such, I aim to pose questions and to challenge assumptions about the nature of Athenian dithyrambs - both in relation to particular Athenian festivals and to more general aspects of Greek choreia -, and about the relation between dithyramb as historically attested phenomenon and Dithyramb attested in the Alexandrian classifications of lyric poetry.
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  Dithyramb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to Aristotle, the dithyramb was the origin of the Ancient Greek theatre.
Dithyrambs were sung by a chorus of up to 50 men or boys dancing in circular formation (there is no certain evidence that they may have originally been dressed as satyrs) and probably accompanied by the aulos.
The clearest sense of dithyramb as proto-tragedy comes from a surviving dithyramb by Bacchylides 1 2, though it was composed after tragedy had already developed more fully; as a dialogue between a single actor and a chorus, it is suggestive of what tragedy may have resembled before Aeschylus added a second actor.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dithyramb   (587 words)

 DITHYRAMBIC POETRY - LoveToKnow Article on DITHYRAMBIC POETRY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
A dithyramb is defined by Grote as a round choric dance and song in honor of the wine-god.
The earliest dithyrambic poetry was probably improvised by priests of Bacchus at solemn feasts, and expressed, in disordered numbers, the excitement and frenzy felt by the worshippers.
In modern literature, although the adjective dithyrambic is often used to describe an enthusiastic movement in lyric language, and particularly in the ode, pure dithyrambs have been extremely rare.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /D/DI/DITHYRAMBIC_POETRY.htm   (546 words)

 Dithyramb: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
Dithyrambs were sung by a chorus chorus quick summary:
The results of dithyrambic contests in Athens were recorded with the names of the winning teams and choregoi recorded but not the poets, EHandler: no quick summary.
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www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/d/di/dithyramb.htm   (1279 words)

Dithyrambs were sung by a chorus of up to 50 men dancing in circular formation, possibly dressed as satyrs, and probably accompanied by the flute.
According to Aristotle, it evolved into the Greek tragedy, and dithyrambs continued to be developed alongside tragedies for some time, although by the 4th century BC the genre was in decline.
However, the dithyrambic competitions did not come to an end until well after the Roman takeover of Greece.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Dithyramb   (417 words)

 dithyramb articles on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
dithyramb DITHYRAMB [dithyramb], in ancient Greece, hymn to the god Dionysus, choral lyric with exchanges between the leader and the chorus.
Arion ARION [Arion], Greek poet, inventor of the dithyramb.
Originally the chorus seems to have arisen from the singing of the dithyramb, and the dithyrambic chorus allegedly became a true dramatic chorus when Thespis in the 6th cent.
www.encyclopedia.com /articles/03692.html   (406 words)

 Dithyramb, for oboe and clarinet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
A dithyramb is a song in honor of the god of fertility, wine, and drama: Dionysus.
The ancient dithyramb was evidently not especially wild or frenzied but rather hymnic and invocational.
In my own Dithyramb, I have written for a pair of reed instruments, one single and one double, which are played by two players instead of one--certain ancient secrets being lost forever.
vassun.vassar.edu /~riwilson/dithyramb.htm   (174 words)

 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 03.03.21   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
The general discussion of the dithyramb improves on Pickard-Cambridge by addressing a range of topics independent of chronology (contents, musical aspects, rhythm and dance, style and vocabulary, performance), but the results are exiguous.
The section on Pindar's dithyrambs is much more useful and detailed, particularly the full discussion of the four characteristics of Dionysius' austere style as exemplified by the dithyrambs of Pindar, Bacchylides and Simonides in opposition to Sappho fr.1, Dionysius' example of the smooth style.
More important, the discussion of the dithyrambic "I" is relegated to individual notes (49, 78, 195) even though the author (unwittingly?) offers a fundamental challenge to the usual interpretation of the dithyrambic "I" as choral.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /bmcr/1992/03.03.21.html   (1134 words)

 John Curtis Franklin - Dithyramb and the Demise of Music
The title is taken from an ancient commentator on Aristophanes' Clouds, according to whom 'the ancients believed that dithyrambs caused the "Demise of Music"'.
The verse of Aristophanes which elicited this pronouncement is kukliôn khorôn aismatokamptas, the ‘song-benders of circular choruses’ whom the poet lists among the quack sophists patronized by the nebulous goddesses.
Since less extreme versions of this accusation, with or without the moral judgement, are found both in post-classical authors as well as modern scholarly literature, it is important to establish how, and how much, this quintessentially demotic genre was, and was seen by contemporaries as being, especially to blame for the Demise of Music.
www.kingmixers.com /Dithyramb.html   (302 words)

 dithyramb. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
It arose, probably, in the extemporaneous songs of the Dionysiac festivals and was developed (according to tradition, by Arion) into the literary form to be found, for example, in the dithyrambs of Bacchylides.
In its later development by such poets as Philoxenus and Timotheus it became freer in its meter and more musical.
The tragedy seems to have come out of the dithyramb, but the dithyramb was also cultivated after tragedy was invented.
www.bartleby.com /65/di/dithyram.html   (155 words)

 dithyramb — FactMonster.com
seems to have come out of the dithyramb, but the dithyramb was also cultivated after tragedy was invented.
Dithyrambic - Dithyrambic The father of dithyrambic poetry.
Philoxenus - Philoxenus Philoxenus, c.436–c.380 B.C., Greek dithyrambic poet, b.
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 dithyramb on Encyclopedia.com
DITHYRAMB [dithyramb], in ancient Greece, hymn to the god Dionysus, choral lyric with exchanges between the leader and the chorus.
It arose, probably, in the extemporaneous songs of the Dionysiac festivals and was developed (according to tradition, by Arion) into the literary form to be found, for example, in the dithyrambs of Bacchylides.
The tragedy seems to have come out of the dithyramb, but the dithyramb was also cultivated after tragedy was invented.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/d1/dithyram.asp   (234 words)

 Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, page 196   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
The truth probably is that he was the first who divided the festal song of the chorus into strjphe and antistrophe, an arrange­ment from which tragedy took its rise.
Solo pieces were in­serted to relieve the choruses, the text was gradually subordinated to the music, and the dithyramb was thus gradually trans­formed into a kind of opera.
Melanippides of Mel6s (about 415 B.C.), who is generally held responsible for the degeneracy of the dithyramb, and the excess of instrumental music; his disciple Phi-loxfinus of Cythera, who died in 380; Timo-theus of Miletus, who died in 357, and his contemporaries P61yeidus and Telestes.
www.ancientlibrary.com /seyffert/0199.html   (804 words)

 yourDictionary.com Agora Discussion Board
A frenzied, impassioned choric hymn and dance of ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus.
An irregular poetic expression suggestive of the ancient Greek dithyramb.
The English comedy duo, Eric Morcambe and Ernie Wise mastered the dithyramb, which was danced at the end of each programme to the song Bring me Sunshine.
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 104 Reading 1: Bacchylides, The Theseus Dithyramb, Classical Drama and Theatre
Although every one of the surviving dithyrambs employs choruses, they involve no real character development, no plot to speak of, and they are quite short.
Aristotle may, in fact, be referring to an earlier kind of dithyramb that was altogether different from its later namesake, which renders Bacchylides' works useless to those investigating Aristotle's thesis about the origins of tragedy.
But that would entail a major change in dithyramb within one generation and it seems unlikely that it could have done so and still retained its name.
www.usu.edu /markdamen/ClasDram/chapters/042reading1dithyramb.htm   (906 words)

 AI2002: Arts of Ancient Greece Lesson Plans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
Dithyramb us are a hymn to god Dionyssos, a choric song accompanied by flute.
Zeus took the embryo and put it inside his thigh, until the day of his birth (Some believe that the surname "dithyramb us", attributed to Dionyssos is due to this double birth of the god-Dithyramb us=dyo+thyra: from two doors).
The 15 members of the chorus were entering the orchestra in rows (usually face=3, depth=5), which means that although in old dithyramb us the chorus was making a circle, in ancient theater the chorus was making squares.
www.crbs.umd.edu /programs/ai2002/LessonPlans/htmlfiles/reazer.htm   (2318 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
Rev. by R. Hamilton This workmanlike edition of the exiguous remains of Pindar's dithyrambs sits firmly in the Northern European tradition of exact scholarship: honest, rigorous, lean, independent and detailed.
The good idea of a non-Dionysiac dithyramb could have been supported by fuller discussions of the Thargelia, the pyrriche and the Deliaka of Simonides, while the intriguing idea of "solo parts executed by professional artists" could have been amplified.
The way virtually every poet is associated with (or against) innovation is not stressed, and the Pratinas fragment is discussed without clear issue ("it may have been part of a satyr play...or a dithyramb").
www.infomotions.com /serials/bmcr/bmcr-v3n03-hamilton-dithyrambs.txt   (1120 words)

 AllRefer.com - drama, Western : Greek Drama (Theater) - Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
The precise evolution of its main divisions : tragedy, comedy, and satire : is not definitely known.
It is thought that the dithyramb was sung at the Dionysia, an annual festival honoring Dionysus.
B.C., during the reign of Pisistratus, the lead singer of the dithyramb, a man named Thespis, added to the chorus an actor with whom he carried on a dialogue, thus initiating the possibility of dramatic action.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/D/drama-We-greek-drama.html   (589 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
L.'s modest but radical proposal is that **hh men** need not refer to tragedy and **hh de** to comedy, that a chiastic reference (comedy from the dithyramb, tragedy from the phallic songs) is just as likely syntactically and from the context.
L. also argues that it is far from obvious that dithyramb belongs with tragedy etc. under Aristotle's heading of **semnoteroi** (1448b24ff.), the phallic song with comedy etc. under **eutelesteroi**.
In support of a relationship between comedy and dithyramb L. suggests that the tone and character of a dithyramb must have been similar to that of the Dionysiac **kwmos*, whence comedy derives its name.
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 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 03.04.04
It is assumed that Aristotle was ascribing the origin of tragedy to the dithyramb, of comedy to the phallic songs (1449a9-15).
The dithyramb and phallic songs to which Aristotle refers are to be sought in sixth-century Athens; both were part of the Great Dionysia.
Some, however, is, and although I consider this L.'s weakest chapter, it is after all not incumbent upon him to prove that tragedy could only come from the phallic songs, not from dithyramb, comedy only from dithyramb, not from the phallic songs.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /bmcr/1992/03.04.04.html   (1115 words)

 1. Dithyramb   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
Dithyramb was originally entitled “Ballet”, and for a brief transitional time, “Orthoses.” These predecessors highlight one important aspect of the work: its interrogation of the physical gesture as signifier of musical information (and perhaps the conclusion that the naked gesture is more essential to it than the sounding).
However, this interrogation takes place in an arena of tradition: of antiphony (of music), of dance, of ideals of beauty.
dithyrambs) stems from this “silence” toward the destruction of the musical tradition (and a catharsis).
www.tylerfutrell.com /page1/page7/page10/page10.html   (146 words)

 Ancient Greek Theater
On the evening of its arrival, the statue would be moved to one of the god's sanctuaries where a bull would be killed in his honor.
More likely, it was the combination of the ancient Greeks' competitive nature with their desire to honor their god, that drove them to participate year after year in the theatrical competitions of the festivals of Dionysus.
Early dithyrambs, which generally depicted Greek legends, were improvised and their staging was lively.
www.cartage.org.lb /en/themes/Arts/Architec/AncientArchitectural/GreekArchitecture/GreekBuilding/Theater.htm   (3229 words)

 CD Spotlight
In the latest Grove Jeremy Dibble claims that the 1892 Dithyramb was much admired by Elgar, as it might well have been.
Harwood features nowhere, however, in the published Elgar correspondence, nor do his contributions to four of the Gloucester festivals, all attended by Elgar, raise a word of comment in the diaries.
Dithyramb is nonetheless a remarkable piece, and was intended as the opening movement of a second sonata, to be completed by the Interlude Op 15 No 2 and the Paean of Op 15 No 3.
www.mvdaily.com /articles/2002/04/harwood2.htm   (515 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
The screen images you will see may be of lower quality on some monitors than the printout which will always be of publication quality.
The first example is 2 pages of Dithyramb, for flute and piano, (see audio sample, below) and the second is a one page example of Old Tidings, an orchestral work of mine.
It is entitled DITHYRAMB (i.e., an ancient Greek song form, wildly ecstatic and enthusiastic).
www.sirmuse.com   (391 words)

 An Introduction to the New Dithyramb   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
If the drama is tragic, we watch intently as a single heroic individual struggles mightily against tremendous odds and succeeds in ascending the steps of heroism to a majestic and noble height, whereupon a mysterious flaw of character or other predestined misfortune trips him up and plunges him into abyssal torment.
Since rendition of the dithyramb required keenly intuitive thought, which is antithetical to the dialectical mode of thought that Socrates taught, and since the dithyrambic drama engendered within the actor highly intelligible insights whose development defied logic, the art form was devalued and became obsolete.
The difficulty lies in the fact that a dithyramb is composed entirely in verisimilar metaphor, but, without rendering the metaphors, the text easily reads like a story — but makes no sense.
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