fabula praetexta


fabula prae·​tex·​ta
variants or less commonly fabula praetextata
plural fabulae praetextae
: an ancient Roman drama with a theme from Roman history or legend

Word History


Latin, literally, drama in praetextae; from the praetextae worn by the actors

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“Fabula praetexta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabula%20praetexta. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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