pl. -·gones· or Gr. Myth.epig′o·ni·
an inferior descendant, follower, or imitator
Origin of epigoneGer, singular of epigonen ; from Classical Greek (hoi) Epigonoi, literally , (the) Afterborn, epithet of the sons of the seven chiefs who led the first war against Thebes: plural of epigonos, origin, originally adjective , born after: see epi- and amp; gono-
Gr. Myth. the sons of the Seven against Thebes: they resumed the conflict a decade later and razed Thebes
A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher.
Origin of epigoneFrench épigone, sing. of épigones, from Greek Epigonoi, sons of the seven heroes against Thebes, from pl. of epigonos, born after : epi-, epi- + gonos, child, seed; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.