I've heard of it but I'm not sure, presumably it just adds emphasis and interest to the phrase, draws attention to it (don't know just using the stock explanations here)
I'd also like to know exactly what variatio is, an example of it, and its effect :s
in fact I'm just reading some notes and I think I now get what it is
In G+P, lines 5-6
it's how the reader expects a pattern to be created but the writer deliberately varies it to add emphasis
such as how Tactitus uses 'in' twice, but for the third time, when he could have used in again, he uses 'per'
the other example I've found in these notes is how two abstract nouns - desidiam and licentiam - are followed by the personal object 'milites'
It says here that the reader 'expect that all three prepositions will be the same'
I think it makes sense to me, I'm reading some notes a friend shared.
(Original post by raj007007007)
so how would you say it is effective in a sentence?
well, I suppose we as readers (apparently :L) are meant to expect another similar word - for example 'in' for a third time' but the sue of per instead, although it means the same, just spices it up a little.
So I'd imagine it's effective in drawing our interest and emphasising perhaps how Tacitus feels about Piso's actions