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Gellius, XX, 3: ‘Sicinnium’ . . . genus veteris saltationis fuit. Posuit hoc verbum L. Accius poeta in Pragmaticis appellarique ait— sicinnistas nebuloso nomine; credo propterea nebuloso quod sicinnium cur diceretur obscurum esset.

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Dancing of obscure origin:

Gellius: The ‘sicinnium’ was once a kind of ancient dance. . . . Lucius Accius the poet used this word in his Principles for Playwrights and says ‘sicinnistae’ were called—

satyr-dancers of shady name;a

‘shady,’ I suppose, because the origin of the term ‘sicinnium’ was obscure.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.accius-principles_playwrights.1936