Drusiana

Drusiana

restored to life by John the Evangelist. [Christian Hagiog.: Golden Legend]
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The story is of the deeds and adventures of the brave Jewish knight Bovo and the love between him and the beautiful princess Drusiana. Rosenzweig introduces this edition by looking at the author, the context of European and Italian literature, and the context of Old Yiddish.
(76) In the Apocryphal Acts of John ([section][section] 63-65) Drusiana convinces her husband to agree upon a spiritual marriage.
Analiza el discurso de Juan sobre la polimorfia del Senor en HchJn 87-93; 103-105 donde dice que los apostoles al ser llamados, y en otros momentos, lo ven cada uno de una edad distinta (nino, joven, anciano) y con distintas dimensiones y caracteristicas de su cuerpo; la aparicion de Cristo a una de las protagonistas, Drusiana, como un joven bello y bajo la figura del apostol (HchJn 73,1-4; 76,17); y la oracion de esta dirigiendose a Cristo como <<polimorfo en tu rostro>> (HchJn 82,3-6).
Ne manca nei Reali il solito motivo erotico della nobile e bella dama orientale che, come la Diones dell'Entree, si innamori del coraggioso paladino occidentale, il quale si mostra consapevole del suo fascino di straniero ("Drusiana, vinta dall'amore, ando per Buovo in persona insino alla stalla, finita che fu la giostra, con certe damigelle", IV, XIV).
The first story, "Het gevecht der Artemiden" (The Battle of the Artemides), discusses the strange behavior, suicide, and resurrection of Drusiana from the perspective of her servant Tyche--who attributes the events to her mistress's shock on seeing the Ephesian depiction of Artemis as the goddess of lust, whereas she had always modeled herself on Arcadian Artemis, the virgin goddess--and from the viewpoint of the majordomo Josef, a Christian.
Paola Francesca Moretti, "The Two Ephesian Matrons: Drusiana's Story in the Acts of John as a Possible Christian Response to Milesian Narrative" (35-48), as the title indicates, suggests that the story of Drusiana in the second-century Acts of John, which is probably set in Ephesus, represents a Christian response to a kind of Milesian narrative such as Petronius' Matron of Ephesus.