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A. General Background

According to the testimony of Aristotle (Aristot. poet. 2,1448a 12f.), parody originally implied a literary genre  introduced by Hegemon [1] of Thasos (2nd half of the 5th.cent. BC), which ridiculed the Homeric epic by the use of stylistic lapses and thematic reductions to the banal [9]. In this context, the concept παρ-ῳδία (par-ōidía) is to be seen as an abbreviated form of παρα-ῥαψ-ῳδία (para-rhaps-ōidía, 'counter-epic'), and has nothing to do with musical performance modes…

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Glei, Reinhold F. (Bochum), “Parody”, 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 01 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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