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Didactic poetry
(2,793 words)

[German version]

I. Ancient Orient

see  Wisdom literature

II. Greek & Latin

[German version]

A. Definition and characteristics

The relation of form to content is typical of the problems of didactic literature, as even a definition is difficult: formal poetics treats didactic poetry [DP] as a subdivision of epic while a classification derived from content denies it any poetic quality. As both attempts stem from non-consensual normative premises, on…

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Glei, Reinhold F. (Bochum), “Didactic 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 27 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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