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Lucan De Bello Civili

ISBN-10: 0521422418
ISBN-13: 9780521422413
Edition: 1992
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Description: In this edition Professor Fantham offers the first full-scale commentary on the neglected second book of Lucans epic poem on the war between Caesar and Pompey: De bello civili. Book II presents all three leading figures - Cato, Caesar and Pompey -  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/26/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594

In this edition Professor Fantham offers the first full-scale commentary on the neglected second book of Lucans epic poem on the war between Caesar and Pompey: De bello civili. Book II presents all three leading figures - Cato, Caesar and Pompey - in speech and action. It expresses the moral and political dilemma of civil war and portrays Pompeys loss of authority during his withdrawal from Italy in language designed to evoke and cancel Virgils heroic presentation of the foundation myth of Aeneas. In her introduction, Professor Fantham gives a general account of Lucans life and work and continues with a discussion of his narrative and interpretation of Caesars military invasion of Italy covering Books I and II, a survey of language, style and metre, and a brief history of the text. The commentary, besides supplying all necessary grammatical explanation and some assistance with translation, aims to provide the political, historical and geographical background to Lucans epic narrative.

Author's (Mark Ahavel) Biography The author was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1963 in a Roman Catholic hospital during the middle of Vatican II (1962-'64). And his exact birthday coincides with the day that the prophet Muhammad completed is Hijrah (migration) to Medina, according to Muslim tradition, a significant event in the life of the Prophet for Muslims. In 1963, the Baha'i Faith celebrated their 100th anniversary and they established their International House of Justice on Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel. From the year and the date of the author's birth, one can certainly find ecumenical and interfaith significance, perhaps a portent of his destiny. The author was baptized as an infant in a Roman Catholic parish, and was raised in a Protestant congregation and its parochial school from kindergarten to the 5th grade. These were faith-formative years for the author, raised in a Christian tradition. He felt the Call to the Ministry during his first two years of college but it was unclear what kind of ministry God was wooing him to. He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education at a private Christian liberal arts college of his denomination by the end of 1985. He was in the seminary from 1990 to 1994, earning his Masters of Divinity degree in May 1994. He served five years in the pastoral ministry in a conservative Christian body. He was sensing God was leading him to a more ecumenical ministry. His ecumenical ministry began through creating and managing a global online prayer site In 2009, the same year, he began teaching the World Religions course at the community college as an Adjunct Instructor. The teaching of this broad course stretched his own understanding tremendously and he intensified his research in the world's religions, beyond the Judeo-Christian foundation of which he was most acquainted. He is a member in the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Biblical Literature.

Introduction
De bello civili: the poet and the poem
Lucan's work in the epic tradition
The Civil War: history and poetic interpretation
Language, style and versification
The text M. Annaei Lvcani De bello civili liber secvndvs
Commentary
Chronological table of events from 88-49 BC
Parallel summaries of Lucan, De bello civili I-II, Livy, Periocha and Caesar, Bellum civile 1
Appendices
A Neronian critic of Lucan?
The capture of Corfinium
Cato's decision and Seneca's appraisal
Bibliography
Index.

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