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Paean or Pean (Word Definition)


Paean Facts:
  • Song or chant of triumphant rejoicing.
  • Typically following a military victory.
  • Used in the tautological expression "paeans of praise".
  • Is also used as the name for the physician of the Greek gods.
  • Paean is also an epithet of Apollo (pictured).
Paean History:
  • Originally choral hymns of thanksgiving to Greek god Apollo.
  • Later extended to military leaders & other gods.
  • Comes from the ancient Greek word παιάν (paian) - song of triumph, any solemn song or chant.
Image - Silver Statuette of Apollo (Eastern Mediterranean ~100 BCE) by mharrsch (cc)

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