La Vie de saint Alexis

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    Along with the Song of Roland, the Life of Saint Alexis is considered one of the oldest literary works in French. Drawn from a fifth-century Greek account, the story tells of Alexis’s flight from Rome and his senatorial family’s expectations of marriage. After seventeen years as a beggar, Alexis was recognized as a man of god and nominated to be bishop of Edessa. Refusing the position, Alexis returned to Rome to live anonymously with this family, divulging his identity only at the end of his life. This critical edition provides readers with access to an important text in the history of French literature.

    At the turn of the 12th-13th centuries, the Jeu d’Adam inaugurated the history of French theater by staging the origins of human history: the creation, temptation, and fall of Adam and Eve, and the murder of Abel. This is the first critical edition of the only copy of this masterpiece, setting the work in its social and liturgical environment. The Jeu d’Adam has its place in the Latin theater tradition, which it subverts by adopting French to achieve dialogues of unprecedented dramatic force and subtlety. The translation to modern French endeavours to be as accurate as possible.

    Format Broché
    Nbr Pages Rom XLIV
    Nombre de pages
    Collection Texte Courant
    ISBN 13 978-2-600-01925-5
    Type Nom