The term "eulogy" has come into the modern world of the distant ancient Greece, even when people worshiped the gods.
Of course, the very meaning of the word has already managed to undergo some changes, but in order to better understand what the meaning of the concept, it is necessary to go back to basics.
The ancient Greek rites
The cult of Dionysus, the patron saint of wine and revelry,He appeared with the spread in ancient Greece grape harvesting. The Greeks at the end of the grape harvest, staged a big celebration, accompanied by wine, fun and orgies. In such "events", which allowed not all songs were sung in honor of Dionysus, played out scenes and sacrifices to God. The Greeks understood this was done solely in order to appease a deity and to receive the next year a good grape harvest.
Praise songs, which were performed in disguisesatyrs, and they called dithyramb. Praises, as a result, became the basis in the development of Greek tragedy. Also introduced was the eponymous literary genre, close to the modern understanding of the ode.
Introduced in the poetry genre dithyramb musician-poetArion in the 7th century BC Since its creation, in practice, is inseparable from music, eulogy at that time remained for the most part of music. In the 5th century BC eulogy begins to acquire a dramatic way. The poet writes Vakhilida like product in the form of dialogue, accompanied by choral singing and accompaniment between the parts.
Praises in the Renaissance
During the Renaissance, when artists sought to revive ancient culture samples, dithyramb genre is no exception in this process.
Particularly striking were the Italians attempt. For example, a poet and priest Girolamo Baruffaldi was written work "Triumph of Bacchus", where the author praises the hero, describing its advantages too.
Less prominent works in the genre have dithyrambGerman poets, gravitating to anakreontiki - loving, playful poetry of carefree life, a parent who is a Greek poet Anacreon. It is not surprising that the most successful experience to revive the praises was the Italians. As you know, this is where the first opera was born under the name "Daphne", which took its origins and of praises too. Because genre dithyramb combines a music and theatrical beginning.
Praises in the modern sense
The times of Ancient Greece and the Renaissance are long gone, and the concept of "dithyramb" still remained. Especially well known phrase "sing the praises".
In the modern sense of the word "eulogy"retaining its color - it's all the same praise, the purpose of which is to provide benefits. But praise not now become the god Dionysus, and the common man, which want to get something. Thus, excessive, self-serving praise in someone's address and called dithyramb.