Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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p. xi

It is a pleasure to record the debts I incurred in putting this book together. The introductory essay on Burmeister’s life would have been impossible without Lothar Weihmann, Burmeister’s successor as pastor (now emeritus) of Gülzow. He sent me photographs of rare archival documents I could not have obtained otherwise and served as my tour guide in Gülzow and Lauenburg upon Elbe. I offer him pride of place in my thanks...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-91

Joannes Burmeister (Johann) was born in 1576 in the northern German city of Lüneburg, twenty-seven miles southeast of Hamburg.1 He died on August 23, 1638 in the town of Uelzen, a further twenty miles southeast. Nothing is known of his parents, Albert and Elisa or Elise née Wolf, other than the fact that they died a week apart in 1608. He was probably the paternal cousin of a group of Burmeister brothers in Lüneburg that included the famous...

Sigla

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pp. 92-92

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Aulularia – Text and Translation

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pp. 93-202

Quorum illi non reclamo; distinguendum tamen censeo inter scribendi salutarem | usum, et exitialem abusum. Huic vero respondeo, numquam fieri nimis, quod numquam possit esse satis. Sed quorsum haec ego? Plauti renati sive Chri- stiani specimen publico. Tot autem fere exstant in Plautum censurae criticae, quot in anno numerari possunt horae. Hinc quaeritur

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Mater-Virgo – Text and Translation

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pp. 203-247

The volume was dedicated to Duke Adolph Friedrich (i.) von Mecklenburg (1611–1658). Fr. iii Burmeister begs for the duke’s favor in very submissive Latin cant. Fr. iv In the dedication Burmeister designates his play as a comedy inverted from Plautus to Christ. Fr. v The dedication is signed...

Appendix – Burmeister’s Laureation Certificate

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pp. 248-254

Bibliography

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pp. 255-258

General Index

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pp. 259-272

Index of Greek words (see also Index Jocorum)

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pp. 273-274

Index Locorum Biblicorum

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pp. 275-276

Index Jocorum

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pp. 277-280