Classical Eclogue and Mediaeval Debate

Hanford, James Holly

The medioeval conflictus, or poetic debate between representative or allegorical figures, has been the subject of occasional remarks by numerous scholars; and its origin as a literary type has been variously explained. The ease with which such forms arise and the extraordinary prevalence of dialogues of this kind, not only in Europe but in the Orient as well, has naturally led to the conclusion that it is useless to look for an individual source for this mass of literature; that it should rather be regarded as the outcome of many tendencies, and as springing up independently in different countries and at various times. Some writers, on the other hand, have claimed for the conflictus, as it exists in western Europe in the Middle Ages, a more or less definite descent from classical antiquity.

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French and Romance Philology
Columbia University Press
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July 30, 2015


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