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Corneille, Pierre
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(1606, Rouen – 1684, Paris), along with J. Racine and J.B. Molière one of the greatest authors of French classicism. He obtained the foundations of his Christian-humanistic worldview in a Jesuit college; after studying law and a brief period of activity as a lawyer, he turned to the theater in 1629. Of his more than 30 pieces, the tragedy Le Cid (1637) set in the conflict between amour and honneur, the Roman dramas Horace (1640), rooted in the tension between individual and state, and Cinna (1640), and the martyr drama Polyeucte martyr (1641/42) changed the history of t…

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Siepe, Hans T., “Corneille, Pierre”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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