Lucan - De Bello Civili

ISBN-10: 0906515041
ISBN-13: 9780906515044
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: Lucan, O. A. W. Dilke
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Description: The first full-scale commentary on the neglected second book of Lucan's epic poem De bello civili.

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Book details

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 1/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550

The first full-scale commentary on the neglected second book of Lucan's epic poem De bello civili.

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.

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