Anonymous Latin poetry in hexameters, evidently from the 4th cent. AD from the Barcelonian papyrus inv. 158-161 about the sacrificial death of Alcestis for her husband (material also in Virgil's cento ( Cento) Anth. Lat. 15). Structure as well as details (inclusion of the Phoenix myth, perhaps as in Lactantius) differ from the Alcestis of Euripides. The almost exclusive use of direct speech is conspicuous; a form principle of the later epic is used a great deal in this ‘pseudo-drama’ (cf. the Orestes of Dracontius).