The D. (from the Greek dialégesthai, "to converse/discuss" [6.354]) is essentially a conversation between two or more people. Participants may be historical or public figures, mythological beings or, in the medieval tradition, personifications of virtue, philosophy or the soul. As a literary construct, it may be freely invented or speculative or based on historical events, although this was a question that formed a key point in the fledgling literary theory of the Renaissance in discussions of genre (Literary system). A literary conversation is, by its very…
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Jerke, Tina (Gießen),
Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism
, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014).
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