What is it called in text when a character refers to someone as "son of_____" or "descendant of_____". Like when they refer to a person as the relation to someone else


In the specific but very common case where a character is identified indirectly by the direct naming of his or her father, it is called using a patronymic, e.g., “Atreides” or “the son of Atreus” for Agamemnon. Patronymics are also prominent in the personal naming of Russians and Icelanders.

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