Alwetend en objectief | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 52, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0165-8204
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1573



Word order and lexical cohesion are the main devices by means of which the coherence of the is made explicit. Word order is used to structure the text as a whole, while lexical cohesion functions as a cohesion device on the level of the caput; on this level, the particle is used as well. In brief asides, usually relative clauses, the author evaluates his deeds. An analysis of tense usage (both quantitative and in close reading) shows that the text type of the is non-narrative, with an important role for the perfect tense. At the sentence level epistolary tense usage creates the effect of a temporal standpoint after the death of Augustus. Together, these Latin cohesion devices enhance the objective and factual tone of the .


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