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Author Rondholz, Anke.
Title The versatile needle : Hosidius Geta's cento "Medea" and its tradition / Anke Rondholz.
Imprint Berlin : De Gruyter, 2012.

Author Rondholz, Anke.
Series Trends in classics. Supplementary volumes ; Bd. 15
Trends in classics. Supplementary volumes ; Bd. 15.
Subject Hosidius Geta. Medea.
Latin literature -- History and criticism.
Description 1 online resource (pages . cm).
Summary Thecento-tragedy Medea usually attributed to Hosidius Geta was transmitted in the Codex Salmasianus (now Codex Parisinus 10318). This is a comprehensive study and reevaluation of the text against the background of the ancient cento tradition, also providing a new English translation. After developing a new definition of the ancient conception of the cento in general, Geta's cento technique and his use of the Vergilian text as well as his relation to theGreek and Roman models for his Medea are examined. Itis shown that his play is innovative and sophisticated inboth technique and content.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-161)-and indexes.
Contents Prolegomena; 1 Origin and Development of the Cento; 1.1 The Greek Cento; 1.1.1 Precursors of the Greek Cento: Rhapsody and Pastiche; 1.1.2 The Beginnings; 1.2 The Latin Cento; 1.3 Summary; 2 What is a Cento?; 2.1 Technique; 2.2 Original context; 2.3 The Establishment of the Primary Text; 2.4 Why Write a Cento?; 2.5 The Ancient Vergilian Centos: A Brief Overview; 2.6 Summary; 3 Hosidius Geta, Medea: an Introduction; 3.1 Geta's Medea : The Latin Text; 3.2 The Plot; 3.3 Transmission; 3.4 The Author; 4 Hosidius Geta's Medea : Form and Technique; 4.1 Meter.
4.2 "Cheating" -- Changing the Vergilian Text4.3 Reinterpreting the Primary Text Semantically and Grammatically; 4.4 Summary; 5 The Relationship Between Cento and Primary Text; 5.1 Prologue (1-24) / First Choral Song (25-51); 5.2 Medea -- Creon (52-103) / Second Choral Song (104-147); 5.3 Medea -- Nurse (148-180); 5.4 Jason -- Medea (181-283) / Third Choral Song (284-312); 5.5 The Messenger's Report (313-373); 5.6 Medea -- Nurse (374-381) / Infanticide Scene (382-407); 5.7 The Final Scene: Medea's Departure (408-461); 5.8 Summary; 6 Hosidius Geta's Place in the Medea Tradition.
6.1 Verbal Allusions6.2 Alexandrian Footnotes; 6.3 Imitatio and Aemulatio: Innovations in Geta's Play; 6.4 Conclusion; Bibliography; Indices.
Note English.
Print version record.
ISBN 9783110283815 (Cloth)
3110283816 (Cloth)
9783110283860 (electronic bk.)
3110283867 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613940612
OCLC # 812251490
Additional Format Print version: 9786613940612 (DLC) 2012019619

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