Anabolē, musical term (see music), used of the striking-up of a musical instrument (esp. of the lyre, Od. 1. 155, 8. 266: ἀνεβάλλετο), a non-vocal prelude serving as a signal to dancers and singers (Pind. Pyth. 1. 4). In the *dithyramb of the 5th cent. bce it apparently denotes the elaborate astrophic lyric preludes introduced by *Melanippides (2); Aristophanes Aves 1385 satirizes their airy, highflown language.