Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Details

Willis, I. (2013). Tu Marcellus Eris: Nachträglichkeit in Aeneid 6. In V. Zajko & E. O''Gorman (Eds.), Classical Myth and Psychoanalysis: Ancient and Modern Stories of the Self (pp. 147-161). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


It is not a coincidence, I will argue in this chapter, that the secondperson future indicative eris in line 883 marks not only the moment ofOctavia's faint but also the moment where the notorious temporalcomplexity of the Aeneid reaches its highest pitch. It is the disturbance oftime-the experience of her recently dead son's past futurity-whichundoes Octavia and removes her from present consciousness. Herswoon registers the effects of Nachtriiglichkeit which cannot be containedwithin the exchange between Aeneas and Anchises within the text.