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Janus [Der bey dem allgemeinen Welt-Friede von dem grossen Augustus geschlossene Tempel des Janus (‘The Temple of Janus Closed at the Universal Peace by the Great Augustus’)]locked

  • John H. Roberts

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Singe-Spiel in three acts and an epilogue by Reinhard Keiser to a libretto by Christian Heinrich Postel ; Hamburg, Theater am Gänsemarkt, 1698.

The title, which refers to the Roman custom of keeping the Temple of Janus open in times of war and closing it in times of peace, has little to do with the main plot but reflects the opera’s occasional purpose of celebrating the Treaty of Ryswick, concluded in ...

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