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[3arg] Why the poet Lucius Accius in his Pragmatica said that sicinnistae was a “nebulous word.”

THOSE whom the vulgar call sicinistae, persons who speak more accurately have called sicinnistae with a double n. For the sicinnium was an ancient form of dance. Moreover, those who now stand and sing formerly danced as they sang. Lucius Accius used this word in his Pragmatica, and says that sicinnistae are so called by a “nebulous” (nebuloso) term, using the word “nebulous,” I suppose, because the reason for the term sicinnium was obscure.

[p. 431]

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