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The Poetry of PathosStudies in Virgilian Epic$
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Gian Biagio Conte and S. J. Harrison

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287017

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287017.001.0001

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The Meeting of Stylistics and Textual Criticism

The Meeting of Stylistics and Textual Criticism

(p.212) 8 The Meeting of Stylistics and Textual Criticism
The Poetry of Pathos

Gian Biagio Conte (Contributor Webpage)

S. J. Harrison

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the meeting of stylistics and textual criticism. It shows how even the most small-scale linguistic phenomena exemplify large and significant literary ideas. The division of the capital manuscripts in the transmitted text of Aeneid 10.24 presents us with either inundant sanguine fossae, ‘the ditches swim with blood,’ or the more normal inundant sanguine fossas, ‘they flood the ditches with blood.’ This chapter shows that fossae must be correct, and that this passage not only demonstrates in this intransitivisation the typical Virgilian defamiliarising deviation from normal language discussed in the form of enallage, but also echoes both linguistically and in its closural narrative function the formulaic Homeric phrase. Thus, Virgilian syntactic innovation actually recalls Homeric diction and narrative technique, a brilliant microcosm of the Aeneid's position between tradition and originality.

Keywords:   Aeneid, Virgil, defamiliarisation, enallage, Homer

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