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1. Definition

The term panegyric has two senses, which causes a degree of confusion. On the one hand, it refers to certain rhetorical and literary traditions of Greek and Roman antiquity and their later reception. On the other, it operates retrospectively as a general term for rhetorical and poetic texts, works of art, and musical compositions of encomiastic (honorific) character.

2. Literature

In ancient Greece, the panegyrikós was primarily a festival, celebratory address that offered the sp…

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Disselkamp, Martin, Loef, Anna Katharina Maria and Rode-Breymann, Susanne, “Panegyric”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025224>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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