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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.


1. (Art Terms) an imitation of an artist by a subsequent generation
2. the work of an epigone
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Should we then attempt to characterise the music that was produced at the time without applying ideological platitudes, it appears to make more sense to work with the aesthetic categories of historicism, epigonism, watering down of the 19th-century artistic arsenal and the sociologising terms of pop or populist culture.
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We read about the change in the nature of Dionysus from the early to the late works (Dylan Jaggard), the rhetorical tradition (Fiona Jenkins), the conflict of the ancients and the moderns in Zur Genealogie der Moral (David Horkott), epigonism (Burkhard Meyer- Sickendiek), the tragic genre (Barry Stocker), interpretation and truth (David Campbell), and Nietzsche's prognosis of our future based on his remarks about the state (Mark Hammond).