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The Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim: Facsimile of the First Edition (1581)
by Hrotsvitha Hrotsvit of Gandersheim
University of Illinois Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-0-252-09816-1

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, born circa 935, was a canoness at Gandersheim, a Benedictine monastery in Saxony. She may have come from the Saxon nobility, and she had the education to refer to ancient authors like Ovid and Virgil. Hrotsvit died around the year 975. David H. Price is professor of religious studies, history, and Jewish studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
These works by a tenth-century woman, who wrote plays when no one else in Europe was writing plays and who imitated the style of Terence when most people thought the classics had been forgotten, caused a literary sensation when they were first published in 1501.
 

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