Intended for display at public occasions. Epideictic oratory was one of the three branches of classical rhetoric, differing from legal argument or political persuasion in being devoted to public praise (or blame), as in funeral orations, panegyrics, etc. Epideictic poetry is verse for special occasions, such as epithalamia, many odes, and other kinds of poem now usually referred to as occasional verses. See also encomium.
Subjects: Literature — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).