Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
A history of caricature and grotesque in literature and art
Person:
Wright, Thomas Fairholt, Frederick William
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1429385
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1432589
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CHAPTER 
XVI. 
ORIGIN OF MEDIIEVAL FARCE AND MODERN  
MEDIJEVAL NOTIONS OF TERENCE.ZTI-IE EARLY RELIGIOUS PLAYS.i 
MYSTERIE5 AND MIRACLE PLAYS.-TI-IE FARCES.-THE DRAMA IN 
   
THERE is {till another branch of literature which, however it may 
have been modified, has defcended to us from the middle ages. It 
has been remarked more than once in the courle of this book, that the 
theatre of the Romans perithed in the tranfltion from the empire to the 
middle ages; but fomething in the {hape of theatrical performances 
appears to be infeparable from fociety even in its molt barbarous ttate, 
and we foon trace among the peoples who had fettled upon the ruins of 
the empire of Rome an approach towards a drama. It is worthy of 
remark, too, that the mediaeval drama originated exactly in the iame way 
as that of ancient Greece, that is, from religious ceremonies. 
Such was the ignorance of the ancient Rage in the middle ages, that 
the meaning of the word comwclia was not underltood. The Anglo-Saxon 
glofiaries interpret the word by racu, a narrative, efpecially an epic 
recital, and this was the fenfe in which it was generally taken until late 
in the fourteenth or the fifteenth century. It is the fenfe in which it is 
ufed in the title of Dante's great poem, the " Divina Commedia." 
When the mediaeval fcholars became acquainted in rnanufcripts with the 
comedies of Terence, they confidered them only as fine examples of a 
particular fort of literary compofition, as metrical narratives in dialogue, 
and in this feeling they began to imitate them. One of the firft of thefe 
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