Celtes, Conradus Protucius

Celtes, Conradus Protucius

(kōn`rädəs prō`to͝otsēəs kĕl`təs), pseud. of

Konrad Pickel

(kôn`rät pĭk`əl), 1459–1508, German scholar and humanist. He traveled widely, lectured at several universities, became librarian to Maximilian I, and founded various societies dedicated to classical learning. He was made (1487) first German poet laureate. Of his works—didactic, lyric, and dramatic—his odes in the manner of Ovid and Horace are noteworthy. Celtes discovered the works of the nun HrotswithHrotswith
or Roswitha von Gandersheim
, 10th-century German dramatist, a nun. Of a noble Saxon family, Hrotswith was well educated. Her long epic poems—one including a fragment on Emperor Otto I, one on the founding of the abbey of Gandersheim—and shorter
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 (Roswitha von Gandersheim).
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