Civil War

ISBN-10: 0143106236
ISBN-13: 9780143106234
Edition: 2012
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Description: A magnificent new translation of the enduring epic about the sundering of the Roman Republic. Lucan lived from 39-65 AD at a time of great turbulence in Rome. His Civil Warportrays two of the most colorful and powerful figures of the age-Julius  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/31/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.30" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

A magnificent new translation of the enduring epic about the sundering of the Roman Republic. Lucan lived from 39-65 AD at a time of great turbulence in Rome. His Civil Warportrays two of the most colorful and powerful figures of the age-Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great, enemies in a vicious struggle for power that severed bloodlines and began the transformation of Roman civilization. With Right locked in combat with Might, law and order broke down and the anarchic violence that resulted left its mark on the Roman people forever, paving the way for the imperial monarchy. Accessible and modern yet loyal to the rhetorical brilliance of the original, this will be the definitive Civil Warof our times.

Grandson of Seneca the Rhetorican and nephew of Seneca the Philosopher, Lucan was born in Spain and educated in rhetoric in Rome. He was a favorite at Nero's court until the emperor took offense at his precocious literary talent and prevented him from displaying it in public. Lucan then joined a conspiracy against the monarch and was forced to commit suicide. His epic poem "Bellum Civile" (Civil War), also called "Pharsalia," sided with Pompey in his fatal struggle with Julius Caesar. His complex rhetorical style was acclaimed in the Middle Ages; Dante and Chaucer ranked him high as a poet.

Preface
Introduction and Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
Notes on the Text and Translation
Chronology of Roman Historical Events
Map
Civil War
Appendix: Satyricon
Greek and Latin Names for the Winds
Notes
Glossary

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