Tu Marcellus Eris: Nachträglichkeit in Aeneid 6



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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.

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ISBN: 9780199656677


It is not a coincidence, I will argue in this chapter, that the second person future indicative eris in line 883 marks not only the moment of Octavia's faint but also the moment where the notorious temporal complexity of the Aeneid reaches its highest pitch. It is the disturbance of time-the experience of her recently dead son's past futurity-which undoes Octavia and removes her from present consciousness. Her swoon registers the effects of Nachträglichkeit which cannot be contained within the exchange between Aeneas and Anchises within the text.

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