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date: 07 July 2020

parody, Greek 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
Author(s):
John RobertsJohn Roberts

Parody entails imitation, but an imitation which is intended to be recognized as such and to amuse. By exaggerating distinctive features, it may simply invite ridicule and criticism of the original; or it may exploit the humour of incongruity, coupled with exaggeration for ease of recognition, by combining the language and style of the original with completely alien subject‐matter. In both cases, but esp. where incongruity is intended to achieve its effect, the targeted original may be a whole genre of literature rather than an individual author. The parodies of Aeschylean and Euripidean lyrics (... ...

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