Anacreontics in the first instance refers to the erotic poems attributed to the Ionian lyric poet Anacreon (6th century BCE), the so-called Anacreontea, and secondly to a writing style that emerged from imitations of the ancient model, adopting its motifs and techniques, but also varying and departing from them.
Only a few fragments of the original inspiration, Anacreon, have been passed down. Greek (Theocritus), Latin (Horace, Catullus) and Neolatin authors inc…
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Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy.
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