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epigone (noun) – A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : The English noun epigone ultimately comes from the Greek plural noun ep?gonoi ?offspring, posterity,? literally ?(ones) born after or later,? a noun use of the adjective ep?gonos ?born besides.? The original, primary use of ep?gonoi was for the sons of the seven heroes who fought against ?Seven-Gated? Thebes, traditionally a generation before the Trojan War. The secondary use of ep?gonoi was for the heirs of the di?dochoi ?successors,? i.e., Alexander the Great?s (356-323 b.c.) generals (e.g., Ptolemy, Seleucus) who divided Alexander?s conquests among themselves. The di?dochoi were very competent and their offspring far inferior, which is the modern meaning of epigone. Epigone entered English in the 19th century.

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