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[37] Or speech may be inserted without any mention of the speaker, as in the line:1
“Here the Dolopian host
Camped, here the fierce Achilles pitched his tent.
This involves a mixture of figures, since to impersonalion we add the figure known as ellipse, which in this case consists in the omission of any indication as to who is speaking. At times impersonation takes the form of narrative. Thus we find indirect speeches in the historians, as at the opening of Livy's first book2: “That cities, like other things, spring from the humblest origins, and that those who are helped by their own valour and the favour of heaven subsequently win great power and a great name for themselves.” [p. 397] Apostrophe also,

1 Aen. ii. 29. The words represent what some Trojan said after the departure of the Greeks.

2 i. 9. These words represent the argument of envoys sent out by Romulus to neighbouring cities.

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