Eloquent collisions: The annales of tacitus, the column of trajan, and the cinematic quick-cut

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Abstract

In this paper, using the analogy of the cinematic quick-cut and comparison to the contemporary Column of Trajan, I examine Tacitus's vivid use of sudden transition and its effect on the reader of the Annales . I sub divide the quick-cut into three categories of "narrative," "collision," and "attraction," each of which compels the reader to forge the deep narrative of Tacitus's Annales . Through his adroit use of the quick-cut, Tacitus is able to construct a deep narrative "secret history" that trumps both logic and the surface historical "facts."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-497
Number of pages27
JournalArethusa
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Classics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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