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Epyllion
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[German version]

The term epyllion, in the sense of a ‘short epic poem’, evidently entered philological usage in German between 1817 and 1824 with F. A. Wolf [cf. 7], with reference to the ps.-Hesiodic Aspís (already in Ath. 2,65a ἐπύλλιον for the ps.-Homeric Epikyklídes). The word epyllion (ἐπύλλιον) occurs very infrequently in Ancient and Byzantine Greek, and not with this specific sense. It possibly had a negative undertone, thus Aristoph. Ach. 398, Pax 531 and Ran. 942, where epyllion refers to the ‘bad iambs’ of Euripides (schol. Aristoph. Ach. 398 and Pax 531; Hsch…

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Fantuzzi, Marco (Florence), “Epyllion”, 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 18 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e400450>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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