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n. pl. thren·o·dies
A poem or song of mourning or lamentation.

[Greek thrēnōidiā : thrēnos, lament + aoidē, ōidē, song; see ode.]

thre·no′di·al (thrə-nō′dē-əl), thre·nod′ic (-nŏd′ĭk) adj.
thren′o·dist n.
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Providing brief introductions and translations of each text, Rebenich creates a sampling useful for both scholars and students: Jerome as "'Novelist," "Theologian," "Chronographer," "Epistolographer," "Satirist," "Biographer," "Biblical scholar," "Literary historian," "Translator," "Controversialist," "Threnodist," and "Ascetic Expert." Thus, through provocative analysis and the desert father's own words, Rebenich presents Jerome as the brilliant theologian and pioneer of asceticism that he was without letting us forget that he was also a man shaped by the controversies and circumstances in which he lived.
Read, watched movies on his projector glasses, listened to Brahms and Penderecki and other threnodists while lying back in his sound chair, walked a bit on his rebuilt hips, and so forth, but not in any loop.