On the Dissemination of Quem quaeritis and the Visitatio sepulchri and the Chronology of Their Early Sources


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

The relation between the Easter dialogue Quem quaeritis in sepulchro and the dramatic resurrection ceremony Visitatio sepulchri has long been regarded as crucial for the history of European drama, since its oldest known example, the Visitatio, builds on the exchange between the three Marys seeking the body of Christ and the Angel keeping watch at the tomb:

Interrogatio: Quem quaeritis in sepulchro, Christicolae?

Responsio: Jhesum Nazarenum cruxifixum, o caelicolae. Non est hic; surrexit sicut praedixerat, Ite nunciate quia surrexit de sepulchro.1

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