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Martyr drama
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1. Introduction

Martyr drama presents the passion of a martyr (Greek mártys, Late Latin martyr, “one who bears testimony”) in the form of a Trauerspiel or tragedy.  A Christian martyr drama has at its center a person who bears testimony to the truth of faith through the blood witness of his or her violent death. This avowal is interpreted as an exemplum of virtue and the imitatio Christi (“imitation of Christ”), in order to show the world to be determined in accordance with the teleology of sa…

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Berthold, Sabine, “Martyr drama”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023733>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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