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εἰδύλλιον, diminutive of εἶδος, “form,” “a small picture”). A poetic sketch of character, especially, though not necessarily, in connection with pastoral life. For the chief ancient writers of idylls, see Ausonius; Bion; Calpurnius; Claudianus; Epicharmus; Moschus; Theocritus; Vergilius; and the article Bucolica.

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