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CORYPHAEUS (from Gr. Kopvil, the top ...

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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 212 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CORYPHAEUS (from Gr. Kopvil, the top of the head), in Attic drama, the leader of the chorus. Hence the term (some-times in an Anglicized form " coryphe ") is used for the chief or leader of any company or movement. In 1856 in the university of Oxford there was founded the office of Coryphaeus or Praecentor, whose duty it was to lead the musical performances directed by the Choragus (q.v.). The office ceased to exist in 1899.
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