n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Narratological aspects of Vergil's Aeneid 2.1-13

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In this paper I examine the metalinguistic aspect and the self-referential quality of the diction used in Aen. 2.1-13. Expressions such as infandum ... renovare dolorem (3), fando (6), breviter Troiae supremum audire dolorem (11), meminisse (12), incipiam (13) are used to emphasise the narratological dynamics of this passage by foregrounding the narrative activity of Aeneas. Therefore, I suggest that the ambiguity of Aeneas between narrator / bard and participant reflects the dualism of the poet's position between authorial detachment and participatory subjectivity and it involves a language of overt poetic reflexivity.


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