Sunt lacrimae rerum: An exploration in meaning

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David B. Wharton, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The half-line at Aeneid 2.462, sunt lacrimae rerum, although one of the most quoted and controversial utterances in Vergil's poem, has received little scrutiny from the point of view of linguistic semantics and pragmatics. This paper explores the interpretive options in these terms, and argues that their semantic and referential indeterminacy is both intentional and poetically productive, lending it an implicational richness most readers find attractive.

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Classical Journal 103:3 2008, pp. 259-79.
Language: English
Date: 2008
semantics, Aenid, Vergil, sunt lacrimae rerum

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