The subjects and styles of these prologues show great variety: some appear to be literary exercises with little or no connexion with the books which they introduce, and were perhaps written earlier and for other purposes.
Even the prologues, which later researches have shown to be in the main by the hand of Plautus himself, though certain passages were clearly added at a later date, e.g.
To judge, however, from the dedications, prologues and epilogues of his various plays, he seems to have enjoyed the patronage of the earl, afterwards duke, of Newcastle, "himself a muse" after a fashion, and Lord Craven, the supposed husband of the ex-queen of Bohemia.
Some of his prologues and epilogues were written for the London theatres.
Burns composed several prologues and epilogues for some of its actors and actresses.
He is also appealed to, with Plautus and Ennius, as a master of his art in one of the prologues of Terence.
The prologues to the comedies were among the original sources of Suetonius; but he quotes or refers to the works of various grammarians and antiquaries - Porcius Licinus, Volcacius Sedigitus, Q.
He is said to have owed the favour of the great as much to his personal gifts and graces as to his literary eminence; and in one of his prologues he declares it to be his ambition, while not offending the many, to please the "boni."
The prologues to Terence's plays are of high interest.
We learn from these prologues that the best Roman literature was ceasing to be popular, and had come to rely on the patronage of the great.
Distinguished above give evidence of further changes, the law being supplemented by other capitularies and sundry extravagantia, prologues and epilogues, which some historians have wrongly assumed to be parts of the main text.
Garrick was often happy in his epigrams and occasional verse, including his numerous prologues and epilogues.
John has a metaphysical prologue; Matthew and Luke have historical prologues; and Mark is without any prologue.
She excelled in the delivery of the risky prologues and epilogues which were the fashion, and the poet wrote for her some specially daring examples.
Prologues were added to all books except the Acts and the Apocalypse, and new marginal glosses were introduced.
Quinet published a prose epic on the subject in 1833, and Eugene Sue, in his best-known work, Le Juif errant (1844), introduces the Wandering Jew in the prologues of its different sections and associates him with the legend of Herodias.
From the Greek authors only a few notices have been preserved, especially by Justin (and in the prologues of Trogus) and Strabo; for the later times we get some information from the Byzantine authors and from Persian and Armenian sources; cf.
Even less in touch with the living present were the various prologues and Festspiele, such as Paldophron and Neoterpe (1800), Was wir bringers (1802), which in these years he composed for the Weimar theatre.
Of the occasion, plan and object of his work he has himself informed us in the prologues to his first, second, fifth and sixth books.