fabula praetext

(from the article `Naevius, Gnaeus`) second of a triad of early Latin epic poets and dramatists, between Livius Andronicus and Ennius. He was the originator of historical plays (fabulae ... ...resembling the himation. In tales of Rome based on Greek models, and fabula togata, actors were costumed in the mantle and toga. The heroes of .....
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