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Commissioned poetry
(348 words)

[German version]

comes into being when a poet accepts an explicit (not merely implied) request by a power not identical with the  author (regarding rejection  recusatio ) and is therefore always  occasional poetry. The request can come from a deity (inspiration), a ruler ( court poetry), another individual (a), or a community (b). (a) Ancient tradition holds that Simonides of Ceos was the first to produce paid commissioned poetry (CP) with his epinikia in the 6th cent. BC (Schol. Aristoph. Pax 697b H.), followed by Pindar and Bacchylides [2. 46f.]. The trend toward…

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Schmitzer, Ulrich (Berlin), “Commissioned poetry”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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