Key Points Reading 203-209. SEPT 3

Key Points Reading 203-209. SEPT 3 - Key Points to Know...

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Key Points to Know from Reading 203-209 MEDIEVAL DRAMA 1. The role of the Church a. Liturgical drama – drama in church services. Began in the ninth century with tropes, or embellishments, which were sung during parts of the Mass. These pieces never became sepearte from Mass itself, although their success and popularity led to experiments with other dramatic sequences centering on moments in the Mass and in the life of Christ. The actors were not specialists or professionals but rather monks or nuns who belonged to the church. b. Hrotsvitha – a nun who entertained herself and her fellow nuns with imitations of the Latin dramatist Terence. Although her own subject matter was holy in nature, she realized that Terence was an amusing comic writer with a polished style. She referred to herself “the strong voice of Gandersheim,” her community in Saxony, and said that she had “not hesitated to imitate in my writings a poet whose works are so widely read, my object being to glorify, within the limits of my poor talent, the laudable chastity of Christian virgins.” Her plays are very short moral tales, often illustrating moments in the lives of Christian martyred women. As far as is known, these plays do not seem to have gone beyond the nuns’ walls; therefore, they had little
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