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an ancient Greek wandering reciter or chanter of epic poetry. In contrast to the aoidos, the rhapsodist recited in a drawn-out chant, without musical accompaniment, the texts of epic poems, especially those of Homer, that were already established in oral or written tradition.

During the classical period of ancient Greece (fifth and fourth centuries B.C.), the art of the rhapsodist became a part of theatrical art; it existed until the beginning of late antiquity (first century A.D.), becoming a type of rhythmic recitation with musical accompaniment.


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