Expanding the Tale
Charles Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette',
enjoyed by MARIA NOCKIN
The story of Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. For example, its plot is related to that of the Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses. In 1456, Masuccio Salernitano wrote a similar story, which he called Mariotto and Gianozza, and in 1530 Luigi da Porto adapted the latter for his setting of Giulietta e Romeo.
The tale was first seen in English as a 1562 narrative poem called The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke...
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