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Edited and Translated by Thomas W. Best


Thomas W. Best

This is the first critical edition and generally available translation of the short allegorical comedy Cosmarchia by Jacob Bidermann, the best-known Jesuit dramatist. Adapting a parable from Barlaam and Joasaph, Bidermann urges holy war aginst the deceitfulness of worldly life.
Contents: The innocent dupe, Promethes, who is unwittingly crowned king for a year instead of permanently, as he at first believes, is disillusioned in time to turn the tables on his fraudulent subjects. A short introduction in English precedes the Latin text and English translation in this edition, which also includes a detailed commentary.