epyllion

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Borrowed from Ancient Greek ἐπύλλιον (epúllion). The term was first used in the nineteenth century.

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epyllion (plural epyllia or epyllions)

  1. (literary) A "little epic".
  2. (literary) A brief narrative poem with a romantic or mythological theme.

Usage notes[edit]

It refers primarily to the type of erotic and mythological long elegy of which Ovid remains the master; to a lesser degree, the term includes some poems of the English Renaissance, particularly those influenced by Ovid. An example of a classical epyllion may be seen in the story of Nisus and Euryalus in Book IX of The Aeneid.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ἐπύλλιον (epúllion).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌeːˈpɪ.li.ɔn/
  • Hyphenation: epyl‧li‧on

Noun[edit]

epyllion n (plural epyllia)

  1. Alternative form of epyllium.