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7. Towards a Conclusion: The Farmer and His Wife
In among the bearded barley,
Hear a song that echoes cheerly,
From the river winding clearly …
The Alcaic incipit is described as πρόχειρον ἅπασιν, that is, “available to everybody:” was the verse πρόχειρον to a Greek audience simply because it belonged to a well-known poem by Alcaeus, or was it πρόχειρον in the sense of “widely diffused/ a possibility likely in view of our discussion? The song—and presumably other songs of similar content—was not only current in Plutarch’s day, but certifiably functional, as ὥρᾳ θέρους (“at summer-time”) may imply.