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 (stĭk′ə-mĭth′ē-ə) also sti·chom·y·thy (stĭ-kŏm′ə-thē)
A form of verbal sparring used especially in ancient Greek drama or poetry, in which single lines of verse or parts of lines are spoken by alternate speakers.

[Greek stikhomūthiā, from stikhomūthein, to speak in alternating lines : stikhos, stich; see steigh- in Indo-European roots + mūthos, speech.]

stich′o·myth′ic adj.
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(ˌstɪkəʊˈmɪθɪə) or


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a form of dialogue originating in Greek drama in which single lines are uttered by alternate speakers
[C19: from Greek stikhomuthein to speak alternate lines, from stikhos line + muthos speech; see myth]
ˌstichoˈmythic adj
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(ˌstɪk əˈmɪθ i ə)

also sti•chom•y•thy

(stɪˈkɒm ə θi)

dramatic dialogue, as in a Greek play, characterized by brief exchanges between two characters, each of whom usu. speaks in one line of verse.
[1860–65; < Greek stichomȳthía=stícho(s) (see stich) + -mȳthia (mŷth(os) speech, story + -ia -ia)]
stich`o•myth′ic, adj.
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dialogue in single alternating lines, as found in ancient Greek drama. — stichomythic, adj.
See also: Drama
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1) the insight it give into ancient speculations about Homer; 2) a certain amount of definite information about the Cyclic poems; and 3) the epic fragments included in the stichomythia of the "Contest" proper, many of which -- did we possess the clue -- would have to be referred to poems of the Epic Cycle.
Here, the "fashioning" of plays is sartorial: the asymmetry between costume and character in a company's wardrobe is read alongside the tailoring of Sir Thomas More by different hands (35), the scissoring feel of stichomythia, the stitching of plays into scenic units, and the seaming of stage space (with curtains, for instance) and so the dimensions of spatial perception.
There is something revealing about this passage, as well as the wordplay in the extended stichomythia of this scene.
"Stichomythia" was tackled by New Yorker Hathwar, simply meaning dialogue when two characters speak alternating lines.
Schuren presents students, academics, and researchers with a revival of Euripidean Stichomythia utilizing narratological and pragmatic approaches.
The most explicit characterization of Haemon occurs in the stichomythia Creon's language is extreme and progressively subordinates Haemon: first he is the ally of a woman (740), then beneath a woman (746), and finally slave to a woman (756).
Sriram's final word was "stichomythia,'' a theatrical term.

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