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The modern term 'panegyric' derives from πανηγυρικός (panēgyrikós sc. λόγος/lógos), a Greek term denoting a speech delivered during a πανήγυρις (panḗgyris), a real or fictive 'festival', e.g. the Olympic Games. In the fictive sense →Isocrates was the first to call his fourth speech (389 BC) a Panēgyrikós (Isoc. Or. 59 and 84, 12,172; Letter 3,6; cf. Aristot. Rh. 1408b 15-17).

In the broadest sense of the word, the forms of the epideictic genre ('display speech', epídeixis; →genera causarum) belong to panegy…

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Fornaro, Sotera (Sassari), Dingel, Joachim (Hamburg) and Berger, Albrecht (Berlin), “Panegyrics”, 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 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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