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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Definitions for epigone

  1. an undistinguished imitator, follower, or successor of an important writer, painter, etc.

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Citations for epigone
... is there anything lower than stealing from an epigone? John Simon, "Goo on an Island," New York, November 5, 1990
The palace was partly designed by a famous architect of the time, López i Porta, one of Gaudi's epigones, and partly by Benvingut himself, which explains the labyrinthine, chaotic, indecisive layout of every storey in the building. Roberto Bolaño, The Skating Rink, translated by Chris Andrews, 2009
Origin of epigone
1860-1865
The English noun epigone ultimately comes from the Greek plural noun epígonoi “offspring, posterity,” literally “(ones) born after or later,” a noun use of the adjective epígonos “born besides.” The original, primary use of epígonoi was for the sons of the seven heroes who fought against “Seven-Gated” Thebes, traditionally a generation before the Trojan War. The secondary use of epígonoi was for the heirs of the diádochoi “successors,” i.e., Alexander the Great’s (356-323 b.c.) generals (e.g., Ptolemy, Seleucus) who divided Alexander’s conquests among themselves. The diádochoi were very competent and their offspring far inferior, which is the modern meaning of epigone. Epigone entered English in the 19th century.