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ancient Greek performer of epic songs. During the period when there were still no fixed texts the aoidos improvised to the accompaniment of a stringed instrument. In the Homeric epic poems the aoidos are described as singers in the service of communities or kings. There were also wandering aoidos, and their art played an essential role in the development of the Greek epic poem.
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