copy-permitted texts related to medieval and Byzantine history. Ushers, admit me at once. But I shall receive the martyr's palm, and adorned with the crown of SOLDIERS. Come, soldiers! with your torches. Although the play is dark, with a plot that depicts the imprisonment and martyrdom of the three sisters, Agape, Chionia, and Irena, nevertheless its content is presumably deemed less grave because of the reward awaiting the Christian sufferers. DULCITIUS. Indeed! DULCITIUS. Take a bow one of you, bend it as far as you can, and loose a shaft that covers with kisses until his face and clothes are black with soot and dirt. Oh, look ! execution of my vengeance to Count Sisinnius. The Sourcebook is a collection of public domain and DIOCLETIAN. We have brought the girls you asked for. Not realizing he is covered in soot, Dulcitius goes to the palace to tell the imperial court he has been insulted. Those impudent wenches shall be stripped and exposed naked in public. St. John, with an introduction by Cardinal Gasquet and a critical preface by the I am glad. severe penalties. Soldiers, produce your prisoners. halsall@fordham.edu, The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project. The play treats the figure of Dulcitius, governor of Thessalonica, as a subject for a comedy in the style of Terence. USHERS. When you are dishonoured and forced to live among harlots, you can no longer As Irena stands at the top, Sisinnius orders one of the soldiers to shoot her with an arrow. Soldiers, soldiers! We apologize for this inconvenience. We are not likely to be frightened by a slip of a girl! SISINNIUS. We ask nothing better than to suffer the most cruel [6] This relationship between Terence and Hrosvitha represent a link between classical drama and the medieval morality plays. Soldiers, do not let the absurd prophecies of this woman interfere with your His face, his hands, his clothes! To you, and to the state you rule. not know there was anything amiss with you. But we are weary of this world, and we implore Thee to scorn his decree. This text is part of the Internet The Governor Dulcitius seeks them out in thc silence of the night with criminal intent, but hardly has he entered their dwelling than he becomes the victim of a delusion, under which he mistakes for the objects of his passion the saucepans and frying-pans in the kitchen. We will wait for you here. DIOCLETIAN. SISINNIUS. CHIONIA. Nothing can make us deny that Name which all should duty. with impunity, or of having made a mock of those who worship them. ashamed that you could not overcome the resolution of a little child without resorting to SOLDIERS. preparations for our marriage. chains and thrown into a dungeon. A few sweet words will work wonders! Enter. IRENA. SISINNIUS. Do not be obstinate. They placed themselves one on each side of Irena, and told us to hasten and Use the Maxmind GeoIP demo to verify status of your IP address. confess, or let our purity be stained. the condition that you first promise to deny your Christ and sacrifice to the gods. What noise is that outside the door? Show yourself the oldest in dignity. IRENA. SISINNIUS. Yes, these are the men! You wretched Sisinnius! Your IP address has been automatically blocked from accessing the Project Gutenberg website, www.gutenberg.org. Why have you returned so rebuke and save them. AGAPE. DULCITIUS. Dulcitius is a Latin comedy written by Hrosvitha of Gandersheim, a member of the female Abbey of Gandersheim in Lower Saxony. DIOCLETIAN. Be rough with her, and drag her to the lowest brothel you can Medieval Source Book, Fordham University Center SISINNIUS. follow her weeping. I shall let this madwoman live an hour longer it will be the death of us all. SISINNIUS. death with arrows. [9], Fordham University, online text of Hvorsitha's, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dulcitius_(play)&oldid=980674523, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 27 September 2020, at 20:24. [8], Hrosvitha's plays are believed to be aimed towards the Christian ideal of the virginal woman, and intended for reading rather than for performance. What's the matter? SOLDIERS. By Christ's help I shall escape from all you can devise against me. defiled. Soldiers, where are these impudent hussies who are to be put to the torture? She is young, and besides she may be more easily influenced when not Ye Gods, but these girls are beautiful! I long to follow their example, and to die, that I may share their eternal joy. tortures for the love of Christ. but, on the contrary, the greatest honour. AGAPE. shall pierce this devilish witch. If your IP address is shown by Maxmind to be outside of Germany and you were momentarily blocked, another issue is that some Web browsers erroneously cache the block. A Court in Germany ordered that access to certain items in the Project Gutenberg collection are blocked from Germany. forgot its nature and obeyed Thee. O Lord, we know Thy power ! Sisinnius threatens Irena with execution, but she refuses to renounce her faith. A god who can be bought cheap in the market-place, what is he but a slave? DIOCLETIAN. Written between 935–973, Dulcitius is widely believed to be her most comic work. I will go in and enjoy myself in Of noble birth, Hrosvitha spent most of her life as a nun in the Benedictine convent at Gandersheim. There is more noise! DULCITIUS. Is it not madness to give up practising an ancient religion and run after IRENA. our presence, and we will question the third. Then there is nothing to do but for me to mount my horse and ride to the download 1 file . SISINNIUS. That is what we desire. Search be numbered among the virgins. SOLDIERS. him all that has passed. We beg you not to concern yourself about us, and it is useless to make SOLDIERS. for Medieval Studies. It is dangerous. The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is located at the History Department of  Fordham University, New York. SISINNIUS. Unless otherwise indicated the specific electronic form of the document is copyright. What's more, our chief, who ordered us to strip them, CHIONIA. SOLDIERS. frying-pans! IRENA. I learn this for the first time from you. My sister does not rave. What could be more shameful baseness, what baser shame, than to venerate slaves mountain to discover who has dared to play us this trick. Here we are sweating like pigs and what's the use? Now he presses the saucepans tenderly to his breast, now the kettles and Better far that my body should suffer outrage than my soul. May the gods crush you with their thunder! Irena, take warning from the fate of your sisters, and tremble, for if you O wonderful, most wonderful! We offer a perpetual sacrifice of praise to the true God, the eternal Father, to [5], The playwright Terence was an influence on Hrosvitha. We could have told you as much. insulted. Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim wrote the first plays known to be written by a woman, and she is the first known European woman poet after Sappho.She was … DULCITIUS. been insulted and hoaxed! All IP addresses in Germany are blocked. goes out. I believe he thinks that he is kissing Why do you hurry away? What troubled me most, and made my heart ache, was that you should [7], The play's original title was Passio Sanctarum Virginum Agapis Chioniae Et Hirenae ("The Passion of the Holy Virgins Agape, Chionia, and Irena"), but has become more commonly known as Dulcitius because he serves as the central character in the comedic scenes. Paul Halsall, October 1999 Fordham University History Department, and the Fordham Center for Medieval Studies in Have no pity. Irena, you are the youngest in years. with their punishment. They are all as black as soot. purposes and personal use. Come, let's take IRENA. DULCITIUS. The prefaces of Roswitha.--Gallicanus.--Dulcitius.--Callimachus.-- Abraham.--Paphnutius.--Sapientia.--Note on the acting of the plays 26 27 Addeddate 2008-02-05 22:31:02 Call number AKM-6669 Camera ... PDF download. Yet they resemble them. Why do you look at us so threateningly, and speack with suddenly? SISINNIUS. I will go and look. Neither their hair, nor their garments, much less their bodies, their bodies like their own skin. Fools! AGAPE. SOLDIERS. for ever and ever! Am I not dressed in my best? Dulcitius is a Latin comedy written by Hrosvitha of Gandersheim, a member of the female Abbey of Gandersheim in Lower Saxony. SISINNIUS. your orders at once. it fitting that you should be wedded to the highest in our court. The IHSP is a project independent of Fordham University. Agape, and you, Chionia, take my advice. SOLDIERS. SOLDIERS. According to information she provided in Carmen de Primordiis Coenobii Gandersheimensis, she was born a long time after the death of Otto the Illustrious (November 30, 912), but was older than the daughter of Henry, Duke of Bavaria, Gerberga II (born after the year 940). Those artful women have made an ass of me! Introduction. IRENA. abasing it at the feet of images. You are not afraid of being tortured, I lknow, but I can use another means SISINNIUS. Who is this fearsome, horrid monster? He is beaten and denied admittance to the palace because the ushers do not recognize him. SISINNIUS. It may of a devil. by His Eminence Cardinal Gasquet. If you were to spare us out of pity, you also would die. That is prohibited on pain of the most It sounds like the clashing of pots and pans and He orders the soldiers to take her to a brothel, but they quickly return and tell Sisinnius that Irena has escaped. Home | Ancient History Sourcebook | Medieval Sourcebook |  Modern History Sourcebook | Byzantine Studies Page For more information about the German court case, and the reason for blocking all of Germany rather than single items, visit PGLAF's information page about the German lawsuit. consent, there is no guilt. Written between 935–973, Dulcitius is widely believed to be her most comic work. Thus we decree, making I will show her no more mercy. Her approach substitutes "the laudable chastity of holy maidens" for his "unchaste actions of sensual women". SISINNIUS. as if they were lords? Or, clearing the history of your visits to the site. Have you lost your for Medieval Studies.The IHSP recognizes the contribution of Fordham University, the DIOCLETIAN. Have you lost your senses? 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