The Versatile Needle by Anke Rondholz

By Anke Rondholz

It is a accomplished examine and reevaluation of the cento-tragedy Medea often attributed to Hosidius Geta, which was once transmitted within the Codex Salmasianus (now Codex Parisinus 10318), opposed to the historical past of the traditional cento culture, additionally offering a brand new English translation of the textual content. After constructing a brand new definition of the traditional perception of the cento often, Geta´s cento procedure and his use of the Vergilian textual content in addition to his relation to the versions either Greek and Roman for his Medea are tested. it truly is proven that his play is leading edge and complex in either method and content material.

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70 Jerome tries to demonstrate that solid knowledge of a text prevents confusion if part of the text are taken out of or put into a new context. 71 This again confirms that cento and primary text were inseparable to the educated audience. Like Ausonius, Jerome hints at the anachronistic change that may be wrought on Vergil by a cento, specifically in the attempt to make Vergil Christian. 3 The Establishment of the Primary Text In summary, a cento is a patchwork poem, stitched together from another poet’s lines and half-lines; this origin and context sit in the back of the recipient’s mind.

McGill 2005, pp. 72-73 attributes the poem to a Mavortius otherwise unknown, based on the assumption that all the centos in the Salmasianus were written in Africa, where the codex was compiled. 3. 116 This demonstrates an interest in literature that would fit the author of a patchwork poem. Apart from the debate on the identity of the author there is not much to say about this cento nor about the Hercules and Antaeus (16 lines; 12 in Riese 1894) or the Progne et Philomela (24 lines; 13 in Riese 1894).

114 The manuscript has Mabortius. For the common confusion of b and v see McGill 2005, 198 n. 13 with further literature. 115 So Fassina 2007. McGill 2005, pp. 72-73 attributes the poem to a Mavortius otherwise unknown, based on the assumption that all the centos in the Salmasianus were written in Africa, where the codex was compiled. 3. 116 This demonstrates an interest in literature that would fit the author of a patchwork poem. Apart from the debate on the identity of the author there is not much to say about this cento nor about the Hercules and Antaeus (16 lines; 12 in Riese 1894) or the Progne et Philomela (24 lines; 13 in Riese 1894).

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