digression, aside, excursus, divagation, parenthesis(noun)
a message that departs from the main subject
A fuller treatment (in a separate section) of a particular part of the text of a book, especially a classic.
A narrative digression, especially to discuss a particular issue.
Origin: From excursus ‘excursion’.
a dissertation or digression appended to a work, and containing a more extended exposition of some important point or topic
Origin: [L., fr. excurrere, excursum. See Excurrent.]
An excursus is a short episode or anecdote in a work of literature. Often excursuses have nothing to do with the matter being discussed by the work, and are used to lighten the atmosphere in a tragic story, a similar function to that of satyr plays in Greek theatre. Sometimes they are used to provide backstory to the matter being discussed at hand, as in Pseudo-Apollodorus' Bibliotheke. Furthermore, an excursus is often applied to a piece of academic writing to provide digressive information, which does not contribute directly to the line of argument, but can still be linked with the overall topic of the text.
The numerical value of excursus in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of excursus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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