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Epilogue. Time In Ancient Greek Literature

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Surveying the various analyses of time in Greek literature, a first observation immediately offers itself: most narrative texts display an order that is chronological. An important aspect of the handling of time and one that lies at the basis of many others, such as rhythm and frequency, is the question of explicit time awareness: do we regularly find time-markers that help us to identify at which point of story we are and how much time each event takes up? Interesting and manifold variations are discernible here, which show that there is no generic uniformity in this respect. The use of anachronies, analepsis and prolepsis, depends to a considerable degree on the length of the narrative in question: a short narrative tends to contain fewer instances, a long narrative more. Another factor is the relationship of story and fabula: if story and fabula coincide, there are, by definition, no external analepses.

Keywords: anachronies; analepsis; Greek literature; prolepsis



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