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 (rōs-vē′tä) also Hrot·svi·tha (hrōt-svē′tä) c. 935-c. 1000.
German nun and poet whose dialogues, modeled on ancient Roman plays, represent an early stage in the revival of European drama.
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Women such as Hrosvitha von Gandersheim (935-1002), one of the first woman playwrights, "an identity which has taken one thousand years to emerge and which has yet to be placed within a critical historical perspective" yet she is referred to by Brockett as the first author of "school drama" (Case, 2000:32).