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Alexander Literature In Scandinavia

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Alexander Rex is the inscription that presents the image of the king of Macedonia, Alexander, in the enigmatic mosaic on the floor of Otranto cathedral in the Puglia region of Southern Italy. The cathedral was built around 1088, the year of its consecration, while the mosaic was made around 1163–1165, according to inscriptions on the floor. In the high Middle Ages, Alexander became a hero dear to all Italians, laymen, clerks, nobles, and people in general. Quilichino was from Spoleto (or Arezzo) and worked as a judge at the court of the Emperor Frederick II, but composed his work in the city of Recanati in 1236. The Istoria Alexander regis, un mediocrissimo poema, according to Boffito, is found in the unedited Magliabechiano MS II, II, 30 in Florence. Dating from the end of the 14th c. is the vernacular Italian I nobili fatti di Alessandro Magno edited by Grion.

Keywords:Alexander romance; Istoria Alexander regis; Italy; Quilichino of Spoleto



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