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A. Definition

The dedication of a literary work is the naming of a person from the author's surroundings with the intent of expressing an honour or gratitude to this person by association with the publication. (Occasionally the recipient was promised immortality [1. 25 f.]). Works which discuss the named person as a subject do not fall under this definition (e.g.,  enkṓmion ). It is apparent in works such as the ‘Epinician Odes’ of  Pindar that the author is aware of his role as a mediator of fame. A special case…

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Görgemanns, Herwig (Heidelberg) and Schmitzer, Ulrich (Berlin), “Dedication”, 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 28 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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