Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Drama
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A. Humanist theatre

 

A.1. Introduction

 

The basis for the reception of ancient D. was the comedies of Plautus (twenty plays) and Terence (six plays), and the nine tragedies (neither performed nor intended for performance in Antiquity) by Seneca the Younger. Only eight plays by Plautus were known before the early 15th cent., but in 1429, Cardinal Giordano Orsini received a manuscript from Nicholas of Cusa containing twelve more of his plays lost since Antiquity. While the works of Plautus were little known in the Middle Ages, those of Terence were read in…

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Ciccolella, Federica (College Station, Texas), “Drama”, in: 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). Consulted online on 24 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004830>
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