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British Dictionary definitions for in medias res
- in or into the middle of events or a narrative
literally: into the midst of things, taken from a passage in Horace's Ars Poetica
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Word Origin and History for in medias res
Latin, literally "in the midst of things" (see medium).
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in medias res
[(in may-dee-uhs, mee-dee-uhs rays)]
In the middle of the action. Epics often begin in medias res. For example, the Odyssey, which tells the story of the wanderings of the hero Odysseus, begins almost at the end of his wanderings, just before his arrival home. In medias res is a Latin phrase used by the poet Horace; it means “in the middle of things.”
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