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Here Polystratus reports the highly acclaimed Pantheia's applause for the eulogies the two encomiasts had lavished upon her in Lucian's Portraits: "She commends your invention/fiction and the idea of the images" [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Pro Imag.
As an encomiast, he explicitly must counter the forces that work against his praise, and yet it is precisely these counterforces, as manifestations of darkness, that alone ensure the viability of the praise's light--hence the fundamental dilemma of Pindar's art: to make praise possible, that is, to preserve the victory from the darkness of nonpraise, the poet must work in some measure as an accomplice to that darkness.
The encomiasts of Desportes in Premieres oeuvres also included Jean Dorat, and the popular poet Jean-Antoine de Baif; both were part of Villeroy's and l'Aubespine's circle.
But if these hymns free the speaker to cry "Amen" in solidarity with other encomiasts, they also cast him in a satiric light, as the only "unlettered" clerk among a host of golden pens.
However, now this defensiveness is caught between a concern for spectacle continuous with nineteenth-century 'official nationalism' and a new self-consciousness--a certain kind of postnationalism that only feels comfortable in using the flattering images of encomiasts and creative consultants to project an image of itself to itself.
On this subject, see Erwin Panofsky's enlightening remarks: "If the encomiasts of Francis I, before and after his death, were hardly able to pronounce his name without acclaiming him as a `dispeller of ignorance' they did not indulge in empty flattery.
in the context of (1 unconvertibel words in Greek Characte that the other objections raised against the extraordinary claims of the proem rest rather on subjective feelings of incredulity than on due consideration of the topoi available to contemporary encomiasts.
I'm still waiting for this whole Internet thing to blow over, but as a hopeful romantic I'm inclined to agree with the encomiasts.
Annette Tomarken remarks on the self-conscious literariness of the flea's encomiasts as follows: "The contributors all wished to transform a mundane, even embarrassing incident into complimentary literary creations that would demonstrate both poetic skill and a desire to please a learned society lady.