The Aeolic Greek word καρπαία
Word καρπαία
k a r p aj. a
IPA karpaj.a
Meaning kind of dance
See also Ancient Macedonian: καρπαία ‘kind of dance’


Mimic dance of the Thessalians, in which a peasant scuffles with a cattle-stealer.

See Xenophon, Anabasis 6.7.1

μετὰ τοῦτο Αἰνιᾶνες καὶ Μάγνητες ἀνέστησαν, οἳ ὠρχοῦντο τὴν καρπαίαν καλουμένην ἐν τοῖς ὅπλοις

After this some Aenianians and Magnesians arose and danced under arms the so-called carpaea