The ἐμβατήριον was properly a marching-tune (Polyb. 4. 20. 12). Hence it was also a marching-song, such as the Spartans sang when under arms (Ath. 630 f; schol. Dion. Thrax 450. 27), like the anapaests (see metre, greek) attributed to *Tyrtaeus (Carm. pop. 18–19; cf. Dio Chrys. 2. 59).
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