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Dance by Greek Philosophers
Dance by Greek Philosophers

Dipta Majumdar
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Dance like music served both sacred and secular purposes in the Ancient Western world. Beyond these however extant dance references among the ancient Greeks and Romans are metaphorical philosophical practical and iconographic. An example of a metaphorical reference comes from Aristotle who in his Metaphysics VII-9 compared the motion of matter to dancing. In Book IX of the Aeneid Virgil similarly refers to the glittering planets dancing in their spheres. Aristophanes Aeschylus Euripides and others used dance metaphors on numerous occasions. Aristophanes s works for instance contain over eighty dance references. These references are not limited to comedies as might be expected but are plentiful in tragedies as well.

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