Hosidius Geta

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Hosidius Geta (flourished in the late 2nd /early 3rd century C.E.) was a Roman playwright. Tertullian refers to him as his contemporary in the De Prescriptione Haereticorum.

Geta was the author of a tragedy in 462 verses titled Medea. It is the earliest known example of a Vergilian cento, that is, a poem constructed entirely out of lines and half-lines from the works of Virgil. The poet used Virgilian hexameters for the spoken parts of the play, and half-hexameters for the choral parts.



Text edited by R. Lamacchia, Medea. Cento Vergilianus (Teubner, 1981).

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