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      Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
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      (from Gk. purrichios, purrichē) One of several ancient Greek rhythmic patterns, by extension also applied to a war dance. In metric theory (e.g. Hephaestion, Handbook, 3; Aristides Quintilianus, On Music, i.22; etc.), the pyrrhic foot consists of two short syllables () and is employed in such meters as iambic and ionic (Aristides Quintilianus, On Music, i.25, 27). The pyrrhic dance is commonly associated with the hyporcheme (huporchēma), but the distinction may depend on whether the dance is accompanied by song. Proclus (Useful Knowledge) regarded the pyrrhic and the hyporcheme as synonymous, while Athenaeus (Sophists at Dinner, xiv, 630d) distinguished among three types of dance: pyrrhic, hyporchematic and gymnopaidic. Athenaeus observed that a principal feature of the pyrrhic dance is speed, which certainly accords with the rhythmic pattern of the pyrrhic foot. On the authority of Aristoxenus, he stated that the pyrrhic (named for the Spartan Pyrrhicus) is a dance practised from the age of five by boys under arms as a preparation for war; other Greeks associated the dance with Dionysus, replacing spears with the ...
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      MATHIESEN, T. J. . author. Pyrrhic. Oxford Music Online, [s. l.], 2001. DOI 10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.22600. Disponível em: Acesso em: 2 dez. 2020.
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      Mathiesen TJ. author. Pyrrhic. Oxford Music Online. 2001. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.22600
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      Mathiesen, T. J. . author. (2001). Pyrrhic. Oxford Music Online.
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      Mathiesen, Thomas J., author. 2001. “Pyrrhic.” Oxford Music Online. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.22600.
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      Mathiesen, T. J. . author (2001) ‘Pyrrhic’, Oxford Music Online. doi: 10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.22600.
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      Mathiesen, TJ. author 2001, ‘Pyrrhic’, Oxford Music Online, viewed 2 December 2020, .
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      Mathiesen, Thomas J. “Pyrrhic.” Oxford Music Online, 2001. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.22600.
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      Mathiesen, Thomas J., author. “Pyrrhic.” Oxford Music Online, 2001. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.22600.
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      Mathiesen TJ. author. Pyrrhic. Oxford Music Online [Internet]. 2001 [cited 2020 Dec 2]; Available from: