By Emma Scioli
by way of treating desires as a method for viewing, an analogy prompt by means of assorted old authors, Emma Scioli extracts new details from the poetry of Propertius, Tibullus, and Ovid in regards to the Roman suggestion of seeing” desires. via comparability with different visible modes of description, comparable to ekphrasis and simile, in addition to with similar varieties of visible event, equivalent to delusion and voyeurism, Scioli demonstrates similarities among artist, dreamer, and poet as creators, determining the dreamer as a specific kind of either viewer and narrator.
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Agit ipse furentem in somnis ferus Aeneas, semperque relinqui sola sibi, semper longam incomitata uidetur ire uiam et Tyrios deserta quaerere terra. . 25 But this dream description 34 Dream Description and Visual Experience in Latin Poetry differs from its counterpart in book 1 by using two main verbs. The first is agit, which describes Aeneas’s action in the dream; but it is videtur, whose subject is Dido, that describes the predominant action of the dream. While Aeneas’s action (from Dido’s point of view) is definitive, as further stressed by ipse, her own behavior in the dream is qualified by the verb videtur.
And thus as soon as we wake up, we disparage those visions [dreams] and we do not equate them with the things we have done in the forum. 52. 19 ] In the case of the dream, which he uses to illustrate the larger point, the distinction between describing something perceived while awake and something witnessed in a dream can be indicated by the use of the active and passive forms of the Latin verb videre (“to see”). 20 According to the speaker’s reasoning, Ennius would not describe walking with Galba in terms of visual perception (visus sum), as he is certain that it has actually occurred.
Although they have little in common on the surface, Tibullus’s fantasy, Rhea Silvia’s dream, and the many other dreams and visions addressed in this book have much to teach us about the Roman notion of “seeing a dream” and about the complexities of conveying that experience in textual terms. 23 1 Dream Description and Visual Experience in Latin Poetry E . R. ”1 Indeed there is ample evidence from a diverse number of sources that the Greeks considered dreams to be primarily visual experiences. 2 By contrast, little attention has been paid to the counterparts for these expressions in Latin literature.