Polyeucte Pierre Corneille

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Polyeucte  by  Pierre Corneille

Polyeucte by Pierre Corneille
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Polyeucte By Pierre Corneille Translated by Thomas Constable Brand New Edition Polyeucte martyr is a drama in five acts by French writer Pierre Corneille. It was finished in December 1642 and debuted in October 1643. It is based on the life of theMorePolyeucte By Pierre Corneille Translated by Thomas Constable Brand New Edition Polyeucte martyr is a drama in five acts by French writer Pierre Corneille. It was finished in December 1642 and debuted in October 1643.

It is based on the life of the martyr Saint Polyeuctus (Polyeucte). In 1878 it was adapted into an opera by Charles Gounod, with the assistance of the librettist Jules Barbier. The opera was not a success and is rarely performed except for a number of arias including Source delicieuse and the barcarolle Nymphes attentives.

Other works based on the play include a ballet by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1679), the opera Poliuto (1838) by Donizetti (adapted into French by Scribe as Les Martyrs), an overture by Paul Dukas (1891) and a composition by Edgar Tinel. The drama is set in ancient Armenia (in a city which is in present-day Turkey) during a time when Christians were persecuted there under the Roman Empire. Polyeucte, an Armenian nobleman, converts to Christianity to the great despair of his wife, Pauline, and of his father-in-law, Felix.

Despite them, Polyeucte becomes a martyr, causing Pauline and Felix to finally convert as well. There is also a romantic subplot: the Roman Severus is in love with Pauline and hopes she will be his after the conversion of Polyeucte.

However, she chooses to stay at the side of her husband. Before dying, Polyeucte entrusts Severus with Pauline.



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