anything heard, and especially anything heard with pleasure, signified
properly a musical piece, e.g. vetera acroamata
19); but also a play, a dance (Plin. Ep. 6.31
), or a recitation, such as were common at meals. The word is also
applied to the actors and musicians who were employed to amuse guests during
an entertainment (Cic. Ver. 4.22, 49
; pro Arch.
9, 20; Suet.
74; Macr. 2.4
), or even
an actor on the stage (Cic. pro Sest.
ille maximus ludius, non solum spectator, sed actor
(an artiste), qui omnia sororis
). See Friedländer, Sittengesch.
i.3 p. 334; Marquardt,
vii. p. 327; and it is sometimes
used to designate the anagnostes
(Nep. Att. 14