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Dialogues Of Displacement: Seneca'S Consolations To Helvia And Polybius

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Of the works written by Seneca during the time of his exile the epigrams attributed to his banishment are probably a later forgery only the consolations to Helvia and Polybius consider the topic of exile, and in each of these Dialogi Seneca treats the issue both as it affects him personally, are remarkable for their indirections. The author has called the consolations for his mother Helvia and the imperial freedman Polybius 'dialogues of displacement' for more than one reason. Firstly, they are dialogues of displacement because of Seneca's own displaced status in exile in Corsica. Secondly, the consolations to Helvia and Polybius are marked by a generic displacement, for Seneca. Thirdly, the generic displacement is also personal, as Seneca shifts the focus away from himself to the losses suffered by Helvia and Polybius.

Keywords: Corsica; epigrams; Helvia; Polybius; Seneca's consolations



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