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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmɪmɪam(b)/, /ˈmʌɪ-/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmɪmiˌæm(b)/, /ˈmaɪ-/
- Hyphenation: mim‧i‧amb
mimiamb (plural mimiambs)
- (literature, Ancient Greece, rare) A short humorous dramatic scene in verse.
1917, Ph[ilippe] E[rnest] Legrand; James Loeb, transl., The New Greek Comedy, London: W. Heinemann; New York, N.Y.: G.P. Putnam's Sons, OCLC 2363123, page 524:
- For example, the school scene in the third mimiamb, the outburst of fierce jealousy on the part of Bitinna in Herondas and that of the Oxyrhynchus μοιχευτρία, the obscene conversation in the sixth mimiamb, and the tales of adultery committed by women which, according to Aristocles, formed the chief subject of the poems recited by the λυσιῳδοί.
2014, Costas Panayotakis, “Hellenistic Mime and Its Reception in Rome”, in Michael Fontaine and Adele C. Scafuro, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-974354-4, page 387:
- Matius's mimiambs have not survived complete, but the extant remains may not be unrepresentative of his general style of writing.