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Week 14. Hrotsvitha
We now jump ahead to the tenth century, and the works of Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim. Hrotsvitha wrote a number of saints' lives in Latin, and she was also an accomplished poet. She is best known for her plays, and this week we will be reading excerpts from one of her dramas, the Dulcitius. The play is about three Christian women, Agapes, Chionia, and Hirena, who face threats of torture and execution but who do not waver in their faith - and there is some slapstick comedy thrown in for good measure!. Hopefully you will now feel confident enough in your Latin reading abilities so that you can declaim the parts in this play, acting out the roles yourself in Latin!