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ACROA´MA (ἀκρόαμα), anything heard, and especially anything heard with pleasure, signified properly a musical piece, e.g. vetera acroamata (Suet. Vesp. 19); but also a play, a dance (Plin. Ep. 6.31, 13), 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. Octav. 74; Macr. 2.4), or even an actor on the stage (Cic. pro Sest. 54, 116: ille maximus ludius, non solum spectator, sed actor et acroama (an artiste), qui omnia sororis embolia novit). See Friedländer, Sittengesch. Roms, i.3 p. 334; Marquardt, Röm. Alterth. vii. p. 327; and it is sometimes used to designate the anagnostes (Nep. Att. 14). [ANAGNOSTAE]

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    • Cicero, Against Verres, 2.4.49
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    • Pliny the Younger, Epistulae, 6.13
    • Pliny the Younger, Epistulae, 6.31
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