Tense & Aspect in Caesar's Narrative

By Fredrik Oldsjö
October 2001
Uppsala University Press
ISBN: 91-554-5076-8
544 pages, illustrated
$68.50 paper original

This Ph.D. thesis is a study of the function of tense, aspect and Aktionsart/situation type in Caesar's historiographical narrative (Bellum Gallicum and Bellum civile). The extensive theoretical part discusses these semantic categories from a cross-linguistic perspective and analyzes their functions in Classical Latin.

The aspectually marked meanings that may arise from the contrast between the choice of aspect and the phasal character of situations are systematically delineated.

Caesar's texts are also examined from a narratological perspective. By classifying the content of Caesar's narrative into twelve information types, clear connections can be seen between information types and the choice of forms.

Language Studies
Studia Latina Upsaliensia, No. 26

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