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Fama and Fiction in Vergil's Aeneid free pdf What does it mean to "know" what a work of fiction tells us? In Vergil's "Aeneid," the promise and uncertainty of "fama "convey this challenge. Expansive and flexible, the Latin word "fama "can mean "fame," long-lasting "tradition," and useful "news," but also ephemeral "rumor" and disruptive "scandal." "Fama" is personified as a horrifying winged goddess who reports the truth while keeping an equally tight grip on what's distorted or made up. "Fama "reflects the ways talk--or epic song--may merge past and present, human and divine, things remembered and things imagined. Most importantly, "fama "marks the epic's power to bring its story world into our own. The cognitive dynamics of metaphor share in this power, blending the "Aeneid"'s poetic authority with the imagined force of the gods. Characters and readers are encouraged--even impelled-- to seek divine order amidst unsettling words and visions by linking new experiences with existing knowledge. Transformative moments of recognition set the perceptual stage both for the gods' commands and for the epic's persuasive efficacy, for "pietas "(remembrance of ritual and social obligations) and "furor "(madness). Antonia Syson's sensitive close readings offer fresh insights into questions of fictive knowledge and collective memory in the "Aeneid." These perspectives invite readers to reconsider some of the epistemological premises underlying inquiry into ancient cultures. Drawing comparisons with the nineteenth-century English novel, Syson highlights continuities between two narrative genres whose cultural contributions and rhetorical claims have often seemed sharply opposed.

About Antonia Syson

Antonia Syson is assistant professor of Classics, School of Languages

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Author : Antonia Syson
Publisher : Ohio State University Press
Data Published : 28 November 2013
ISBN : 0814293360
EAN : 9780814293362
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 288 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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