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A famous figures in the commedia dell'arte.

Biography of Harlequin

Harlequin, Harlekin (Norwegian), Arlecchino (Italian), Crispin (French), Hanswurst (German) – is one of the most famous figures in the commedia dell'arte. He was originally a comic servant from lower Bergamo, but during the seventeenth century he becomes one commedia dell'arte's most popular and enterprising figures. He changes somewhat over the centuries, becoming more of the faithful servant in the realistic comedies of the eighteenth century, while also becoming more amorous.

What is an eponym?

An eponym is a word derived from the name of a person, whether real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person.

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