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Fame is a person's high and ongoing standing within a community or the public. Fame is achieved through outstanding achievements or extraordinary (also deadly courageous ) deeds, especially in the musical , religious , political , economic , warlike , scientific or sporting field. Another characteristic of fame is that it outshines these measurable achievements and therefore always carries a non-rational component with it.

"Short-lived" fame is a contradictio in adiecto ( Latin: for contradicting adjective ) - fame is just long-lived. Fashions , hypes and the fifteen-minute prominence are short-lived , as, for example, many media “celebrities” are only known to the public for a very short time and are quickly forgotten again.

Excessive lust for fame is known as Herostratum , named after Herostratos , who lived in 356 BC. BC lit the temple of Artemis in Ephesus to make his name known forever.


Glory was only granted with ideological restrictions, or those already famous were only approved with appropriately reinterpreted merits (compare among other things the canonization of Charlemagne ).

According to Sallust, fame (the gloria ) only grew out of people's highest good, their virtus (virtue), as a recognition of correct actions and high merits for the general public (the res publica ). It is bestowed on these best by the majority of people.

Christian (Catholic) theology reserved glory for God alone - see Gloria .

For sociology, “fame” is a question of social status , compared with “ honor ” as a question of social prestige ( cf. Heinz Kluth , Sozialprestige und Sozialer Status , Stuttgart 1957).


Fame and lust for fame ( doxomania ) are classic subjects of poetry and even dominate individual literary genres , such as the early ancient and early medieval epics .

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