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Court poetry
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Its origin at the court of a king or prince was constituted for the content of court poetry (CP) in the narrower sense. As part of the court society (each differently constituted) the author contributes, with or without an explicit commission, to the legitimisation of rule by shaping power structures through his literature or, simply through his writing, by expanding these with a cultural dimension. The earliest example is the naming of the Aeneads in the Iliad; especially significant in this regard is the CP of the Greek choral lyricists ( Pindarus,  Bacchylides,  Simon…

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Schmitzer, Ulrich (Berlin), “Court 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 29 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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