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Central and Eastern European Countries

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The Central and Eastern European countries' developments regarding the use and spread of Latin differ so widely that they seem to be on different planets. In the north, Poland was an important country for Latin literature. Neo-Latin literature enjoyed considerable longevity, from the second half of the fifteenth century until deep into the seventeenth. Most of the Polish dramas in Latin were written by Jesuits. All plays were meant for performance, with the possible exception of the humanist plays by Simon Simonides and Joannes Joncre. Stender-Petersen and Winniczuk both discerned several dramatic subgenres, viz. historical, moral, hagiographical and demonic drama. One thing all the countries have in common is that Latin drama was an international and pan-European genre that, along with students and other humanists, crossed borders, from Western to Central and Eastern Europe (and vice versa) as well.

Keywords: Central European country; demonic drama; Eastern European country; hagiographical drama; Latin drama; Neo-Latin literature; Polish dramas



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