Aphra

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English: of uncertain origin, perhaps an Anglicization of an Irish name; see AFRICA (SEE Africa), EITHRIG (SEE Eithrig). It could also be a hypercorrected spelling of a Late Latin name, Afra. This was originally an ethnic name for a woman from Africa (in Roman times meaning the area around Carthage). It was used in the post-classical period as a nickname for someone with dark colouring, and eventually became a given name, being borne, for example, by saints martyred at Brescia under the Roman emperor Hadrian and at Augsburg under Diocletian. The respelling of the name may have been prompted by Micah I: 10 ‘in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust’, where Aphrah is often taken as a personal name, but is in fact a placename meaning ‘dust’. The first name has never been frequently used, but is remembered as the name of the English writer Aphra Behn (1640–89).

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  • Aphra Behn — (July 10, 1640–April 16, 1689) was a prolific dramatist of the Restoration and was one of the first English professional female writers. Her writing participated in the amatory fiction genre of British literature.Early lifeThe personal history of …   Wikipedia

  • Aphra Behn — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Aphra Behn Aphra Behn (Wye, Kent, 1640 Londres, 16 de abril de 1689), escritora y espía británica. Contenido …   Wikipedia Español

  • Aphra Behn — (* 10. Juli 1640 in Wye, Kent, Großbritannien; † 16. April 1689 in London; gebürtige Aphra Johnson) war eine englische Schriftstellerin und die erste bekannte Frau in der Geschichte der englischen Literatur, die sich mit Schreiben ihren… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Aphra Behn — [Aphra Behn] (1640–89) an English writer of plays, novels and poems. She was probably the first professional woman writer in England. Her best known works include the play The Rover (1678) and the novel Oroonoko (1688), an attack on ↑slavery …   Useful english dictionary

  • Aphra Behn — (Wye, Kent, 1640 Londres, 16 de abril 1689), escritora y espía británica …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Aphra Behn — Esquisse d’un portrait d’Aphra Behn. fr …   Wikipédia en Français

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