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Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim

(c. 935—973)

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annals

annals  

(from Latin annus, ‘year’) The yearly records kept by the priests in Rome from the earliest times. They noted ceremonies, state enactments, and the holders of office. The high priest (Pontifex ...
closet drama

closet drama  

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A play – often in verse – written to be read rather than performed, such as The Dynasts (1904–8) by Thomas Hardy (which later was adapted for performance by Granville ...
court poetry

court poetry  

Much of the Latin poetry composed in the MA was written for lay and ecclesiastical magnates and their households. Writers of such verse tended to be classically educated courtier-clerics, from ...
Edith Craig

Edith Craig  

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(1869–1947)English actress, designer, director, and political activist, daughter of Ellen Terry. Craig directed pageants for the Actresses' Franchise League and devised A Pageant of Great Women, a ...
epic, medieval Latin

epic, medieval Latin  

In defining epic, elevated language, heroic action, and length are expected, but length is relative, action broadly defined. Unlike the vernacular, medieval Latin epic has been neglected. ...
Gandersheim

Gandersheim  

Imperial chapter of canonesses founded c.852 by Count Liudolf in the diocese of Hildesheim. Its most famous member was the prolific 10th-century writer Hrotsvitha.HScG. Althoff, ‘Gandersheim und ...
Latin metre

Latin metre  

A tradition of writing Latin verses on the quantitative model of those of Classical Greek literature maintained itself from 240 bc down to the end of the western empire. The relation of the so‐called ...
morality play

morality play  

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A kind of drama with personified abstract qualities as the main characters and presenting a lesson about good conduct and character, popular in the 15th and early 16th centuries.
playwright

playwright  

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A writer of plays, also referred to as a dramatist. The word playwright conjoins the nouns ‘wright’, meaning craftsman or builder, with ‘play’, meaning a text written for performance. Theatricalized ...
Rosvitha

Rosvitha  

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An alternative form of Hrosvit.
Saxons

Saxons  

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Germanic tribes, possibly named from their single-edged seax (‘sword’). Under pressure from the migrating Franks they spread from their homelands on the Danish peninsula into Italy and the Frisian ...
Terence

Terence  

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(c. 190–159 bc),Roman comic dramatist. His six surviving comedies are based on the Greek New Comedy; they use the same stock characters as are found in Plautus, but are marked by more realism and a ...
university and school drama

university and school drama  

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Although the reading and perhaps the recitation of plays for the purposes of moral and rhetorical instruction occurred as early as the tenth century in Europe, dramatic performance as part ...

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