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The Greek term διάλογος/diálogos refers on the one hand to the form of conversation within a narrative in prose (as e.g. in Clementine literature) or poetry (e.g. in drama). It also denotes the independent literary form (or genre) that is attested in ancient literature from the 5th century BCE to the 6th century CE (Föllinger & Müller, 2013, 1‒7). Cicero introduced the technical term dialogus into the Latin language. The literary dialogue stages the disc…

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Fuhrer, Therese, “Dialogue”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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