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1. Concept

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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Rohmer, Ernst, “Anacreontics”, 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 23 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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