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ῥαψῳδός 1 ῥάπτω, ᾠδή

I.properly one who stitches or strings songs together; esp. a person who recited epic poems, a rhapsodist, applied to Homer, Plat.; but ῥαψῳδοί commonly meant a class of persons who got their living by reciting the poems of Homer, Hdt., Plat.; v. ῥαψῳδία II.
II.Soph. calls the Sphinx ῥαψῳδὸς κύων, because she proposed her riddle publicly, as the rhapsodists did their lays.

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