Alessandro Rolim de Moura


This article explores dialogical relationships between different speeches, and between speeches and narrator-text, in Lucan’s Bellum Ciuile. The analysis is not merely concerned with the identification of parallels linking discourses by different voices, but rather presupposes that the voices delivering these discourses make statements which respond to one another in a debate. The concept of responsion embraced here implies that the voices are (self-consciously or otherwise) assuming ideological positions in relation to one another and competing for rhetorical and political supremacy in the narrative. All through the emphasis is on passages interpreted as rejoinders to other passages. These replies are always rooted in the interests of particular speakers. I follow previous scholarship in seeing Lucan’s narrator almost as a character, but go on to argue that this narrator-character is in constant verbal interaction with the other characters’ speeches.


Lucan’s Civil War. Speeches. Dialogue.

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