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As Rhapsode ( ancient Greek ῥαψῳδός rhapsodós from ῥάπτω rhápto "sew" transferred "composed" and ᾠδή Ode "singing") is in a wandering singer ancient Greece called the at festivals and ceremonial occasions epic seals like those of Homer to accompany a Phorminx (string instrument) performed.

The rhapsodes formed part of the succession of the Homeric Aoden (singers and poets of popular epics), while the Kitharoden continued the lyrical singing. The rhapsodes were organized in guilds , the rhapsody schools. In late antiquity , the rhapsodes lost their importance.

The term " Rhapsody " was derived from the rhapsodes .