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Alcestis Barcinonensis
(125 words)

[German version]

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).

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Smolak, Kurt (Vienna), “Alcestis Barcinonensis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e113400>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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