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ācrŏāmă , ătis, n., = ἀκρόαμα.— Prop.,
I.that which is heard with pleasure, a gratification to the ear; as music or reading; esp. used for entertainment at meals, with music or reading, Plin. Ep. 6, 31, 13; Suet. Vesp. 19; Petron. Fragm. Tragun. p. 297.—Hence, meton. (like the plur. in Greek), the entertainer at table, by music (a performer) or by reading (a reader); also a buffoon: “cum ex Themistocle quaererctur, quod acroama aut cujus vocem lubentissime audiret,Cic. Arch. 9: “nemo in convivio ejus (Attici) aliud acroama audivit, quam anagnosten,id. Att. 14, 1: “non solum spectator, sed actor et acroama,Cic. Sest. 54: “festivum,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 22. Cf. Smith's Antiq., and Becker's Gall. 3, p. 203 (2d ed.).
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