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Chironomia

χειρονομία). The movement of the hands, which was an important part of Greek and Roman dancing, had the name of χειρονομία. Herodotus, in the story of Hippoclides standing on his head before the guests of Clisthenes, uses the curious expression τοῖσι σκέλεσι ἐχειρόνομησε (vi. 129). It was likewise a feature of any pantomimic performance. The word is also used in the sense of σκιαμαχία, or sparring (Pausan. vi. 10.3). See Pantomimus; Pugilatus; Saltatio.

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