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The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity$
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Anna Marmodoro and Jonathan Hill

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670567.001.0001

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Ille ego qui quondam: on authorial (an)onymity

Ille ego qui quondam: on authorial (an)onymity

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The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity

Irene Peirano

Oxford University Press

The name heading a text signifies a pledge of responsibility for the content. Even when the author is not part of the narrative proper, references to his/her name do more than supply factual information. Though ultimately the author is only what readers make him/her to be, s/he is nevertheless a powerful and important figure of reading or understanding that is activated to some extent in all texts. Thus the author’s name is as much part of a text and of our understanding of it as the content itself and yet it is strangely ‘paratextual’, straddling the text and the world outside it. This chapter looks at how ancient authorial ascriptions function as paratexts—focussing on the kind of authority they claim for the text, and how that authority may in some cases be faked. The chapters considers, in particular, sphragides—closing authorial statements in Roman poets—and the authorial voices they express.

Keywords:   sphragides, Homeric Hymn to Apollo, Virgil, Aeneid, Georgics, authorial ascriptions

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