What is it about?

In this paper, I establish a connection between the manifold character of Fama as reported by Virgil in Aen. 4.173 ff. and her ‘manifold speech’ (multiplex sermo) in the framework of a narratological reading. According to my interpretation, the short fama of the Virgilian Fama (4.191-194), as a spectacular example of ‘polyphonic narrative’, radicalises and thus domesticates the dangers inherent in the epic discourse itself.

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Why is it important?

Though the Fama episode is one of the most discussed passages of the Aeneid, considering that 'fama' is a fictional narrative and the episode is thus about the genealogy of any fictional narrative, it's important to examine it from a narratological perspective.


Virgil is brilliant in creating a fama (= an ambiguous narrative) which entirely corresponds to his personification of the ambiguous Fama.

Dr Ábel Tamás
Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegyetem

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This page is a summary of: Multiplex Sermo the ‘Manifold Speech’ of Fama in Virgil’S Aeneid, Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, December 2012, Akademiai Kiado,
DOI: 10.1556/aant.52.2012.4.2.
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