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A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher.

[French épigone, sing. of épigones, from Greek Epigonoi, sons of the seven heroes against Thebes, from pl. of epigonos, born after : epi-, epi- + gonos, child, seed; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

ep′i·gon′ic (-gŏn′ĭk) adj.
e·pig′on·ism (ĭ-pĭg′ə-nĭz′əm) n.


(ˈɛpɪˌɡəʊn) or


rare an inferior follower or imitator
[C19: from Greek epigonos one born after, from epigignesthai; see epigene]


(ˈɛp ɪˌgoʊn)

also ep•i•gon


an undistinguished imitator, follower, or successor of an important writer, painter, etc.
[1860–65; < Latin epigonus < Greek epígonos (one) born afterward]
ep`i•gon′ic (-ˈgɒn ɪk) adj.
e•pig•o•nism (ɪˈpɪg əˌnɪz əm) n.


an heir, descendant, or successor, frequently an inferior successor.
See also: Relationship
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.epigone - an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer or artist of musician
aper, copycat, emulator, imitator, ape - someone who copies the words or behavior of another
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Lilla may have a point about the simplifying epigones of Strauss and Voegelin who are quicker to jump to the "Once upon a time" storytelling Lilla claims he finds in Strauss himself.
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And this selection put the fragile authority of no other system on display as it did that of the contemporary art world: from the countless unwitting epigones whose entire output is trumped by a single week of Polke's foraging, to the very temple of MOMA itself, outshone by a simple latticework shed made of painted wood and potatoes.
Each was surrounded by followers who, in turn, were themselves followed by critics, a public, scholars, teachers, and, finally, young students, whose feeble attempts to follow in the footsteps of their masters made for a more conventional style--one that was itself reinforced by the efforts of its epigones.
As Anjum demonstrates at length, the Chishti epigones took center stage as performers in the initial drama about religion and politics that occupied statists and dissidents during the Delhi sultanate, but to grasp the framing of these stories today one has to account for their expanded reference--at once historical and apocryphal, pragmatic and utopian.
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