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  1. rhapsodenoun

    One who performs the poetry of a poet for an audience; not a writer of poetry: Socrates: And do the Epidaurians have contests of rhapsodes at the festival? (Plato's Ion)

  2. rhapsodenoun

    The interpreter of a poem: Socrates: Then you rhapsodists are the interpreters of the poets? (Plato's Ion)

  3. rhapsodenoun

    A rhapsodist.

  4. Etymology: From ῥαψῳδός.

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  1. Rhapsodenoun

    a rhapsodist

  2. Etymology: [Gr. "rapsw,do`s. See Rhapsody.]


  1. Rhapsode

    A rhapsode or, in modern usage, rhapsodist, refers to a classical Greek professional performer of epic poetry in the fifth and fourth centuries BC. Rhapsodes notably performed the epics of Homer but also the wisdom and catalogue poetry of Hesiod and the satires of Archilochus and others. Plato's dialogue Ion, in which Socrates confronts a star player rhapsode, remains our richest source of information on these artists. Often, rhapsodes are depicted in Greek art, wearing their signature cloak and carrying a staff. This equipment is also characteristic of travellers in general, implying that rhapsodes were itinerant performers, moving from town to town.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rhapsode in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rhapsode in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
    • A. assault
    • B. empire
    • C. temptation
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