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Symphonia

συμφωνία). A species of musical entertainment at Greek and Roman banquets, but of a character not clearly defined in the existing passages in which the word occurs. In most cases the expressions used apply equally well to either vocal or instrumental music, and in no case is it possible to accept the reference as applicable to only one of them to the necessary exclusion of the other. An individual member of the band or chorus who rendered the music was called symphoniacus (Pro Mil. 21, 55) and choraules (Mart.ix. 77). Cf. Gell. xix. 3; Livy, xxxix. 6; and Marquardt, Privatleben, 181.

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