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Cento
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A. Definition

Greek κέντρων (kéntrōn) and Latin cento -- the linguistic historical relationship between the words is a matter of contention [20. 11-13] -- have in common, even though their meanings do not quite cover the same fields, the fact that they describe a quilt made of remnants of used material sewn together, and then in the figurative sense a text that was assembled of disparate verse parts (up to one and a half ve…

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Liebermann, Wolf-Lüder (Bielefeld) and Gärtner, Hans Armin (Heidelberg), “Cento”, 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 03 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e230240>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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