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Virgil RecomposedThe Mythological and Secular Centos in Antiquity$
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Scott McGill

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175646

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175646.001.0001

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Tragic Virgil

Tragic Virgil

The Medea

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Virgil Recomposed

Scott McGill (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the (probably) earliest extant full-length Virgilian cento, Hosidius Geta's Medea, which takes the form of a tragedy. The aim is to explore how Geta accomplishes the feat of turning Virgil's verses into a tragic poem, and to approach that subject through the lens of genre, as well as of allusion. Focus lies upon interpreting the formal and thematic adaptation of Virgil to a drama on Medea, the use of Virgilian lines to allude to Ovidian and Senecan tragedy, and the intertextual relationship between the cento and Virgil's Aeneid 4, the story of Dido.

Keywords:   Hosidius Geta, genre, Medea, narrative voice, Ovid, Seneca, Dido, allusion

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