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Thinking about Poetic Redundancy with Vergil and the Hebrew Bible

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Central

Where: Locy Hall, 111, 1850 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Alison Witt-Janssen   (847) 491-7597

Group: Department of Classics

Category: Academic


A talk by Professor Andrea Rotstein, Tel Aviv University

The tendency to say similar things twice is a feature of Vergil’s style that has troubled scholars for generations (Latinists call it “Theme and Variation”). Taking a comparative approach with the synonymous forms of Parallelismus Membrorum typical of ancient Hebrew poetry, this talk will explore the rhetorical and semantic functions of redundancy in the Aeneid, suggesting its possible gains from communicative and cognitive points of view.

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