Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Didactic poetry
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A. Concept and definition

The term D. denotes a literary genre in which a factual theme is imparted in verse, usually hexameters [9.393]. Along with its Latin synonym carmen didascalicum, the designation 'didactic poem' is based on the attempt by Diomedes, the grammarian of Late Antiquity, to reach a terminological and categorical definition of the genre [7.132]; [10.100]. He subsumed several forms of edificatory poem under the concept of the species didascalice as a subcategory, defined by its content (philosophy, astrology or agriculture), of expository, non-…

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Hintzen, Beate (Bonn), “Didactic poetry”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 24 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004895>
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