By Susanna Braund
Lucan's epic poem, Civil struggle, portrays the stark, darkish horror of the years forty nine via forty eight BCE, the awful truth of Romans battling Romans, of Julius Caesar vs. Pompey the good. The creation to this quantity situates Lucan as a poet heavily attached with the Stoics at Rome, operating through the reign of the emperor Nero, within the style inherited from Virgil. the decisions are meant for 3rd- and fourth-year university curricula, and contain Lucan's research of the explanations of the civil conflict, depictions of his protagonists Caesar and Pompey at key moments-Caesar's crossing of the Rubicon, the assassination of Pompey as he arrives in Egypt looking shelter, Cato's funeral oration for Pompey, Caesar's stopover at to the positioning of Troy-as good as hugely atmospheric passages: Pompey's imaginative and prescient of his useless spouse, Julia; and the necromancy played via the witch Erichtho for Pompey's son. Notes to the passages remove darkness from Lucan's angle in the direction of his material-his reluctance to take on the subject of civil struggle, his advanced courting with Virgil's Aeneid, and his passionate involvement within the occasions during the rhetorical equipment of apostrophe, while he turns out to go into the poem as a personality himself. particular beneficial properties * creation that situates Lucan in his literary, historic, and ideological context * 620 strains of Latin textual content from Lucan's Civil battle, together with: 1.1-45, 67-157, 183-227, 486-504; 3.8-35; 399-445; 6.624-53; 7.617-37; 7.647-82, 728-46, 760-811; 8.542-636, 663-88; 9.190-217; 9.961-99 * Notes on the again * Map of the jap Mediterranean in Caesar's day * Bibliography * complete Vocabulary For over 30 years Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers has produced the best quality Latin and historic Greek books. From Dr. Seuss books in Latin to Plato's Apology , Bolchazy-Carducci's titles support readers find out about historical Rome and Greece; the Latin and historical Greek languages are alive and good with titles like Cicero's De Amicitia and Kaegi's Greek Grammar . We additionally characteristic a line of up to date japanese eu and WWII books. a number of the components we put up in comprise: decisions From The Aeneid Latin Grammar & Pronunciation Greek Grammar & Pronunciation Texts helping Wheelock's Latin Classical writer workbooks: Vergil, Ovid, Horace, Catullus, Cicero Vocabulary playing cards For AP choices: Vergil, Ovid, Catullus, Horace Greek Mythology Greek Lexicon Slovak tradition And History
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Additional info for A Lucan Reader: Selections from Civil War by Lucan
In a single line Lucan's Caesar has crossed the Alps, but then the narrative stops, just as soon as it has started, when Caesar is halted by avision of Rome in mourning. In fact, the episode consists of speeches by Rome and by Caesar, then a long simile comparing Caesar to an African lion, then a description of the river Rubicon, then the narrative of the crossing (lines 220-24), and then another speech by Caesar, marking the significance of what he has just done. , material that delays the action) here is instructive and far from atypical.
Petimus non singula busta discretosque rogos: unum da gentibus ignem, 805 non interpositis urantur corpora flammis; Digitized by Google 18 A LUCAN READER aut, generi si poena iuuat, nemus extrue Pindi, erige congestas Oetaeo robore siluas, Thessalicam uideat Pompeius ab aequore flammam. nil agis hac ira: tabesne cadauera soluat 810 an rogus, haud refert; placido Natura receptat cuncta sinu, finemque sui sibi corpora debent. 542-636 o superi, Nilusne et barbara Memphis et Pelusiaci tam mollis turba Canopi hos animos?
In Fightingfor Rome: Poets and Caesars, History and Civil War, 165-211. Cambridge, 1998. Johnson, W. R. Momentary Monsters: Lucan and his Heroes. Ithaca and London, 1987. Leigh, M. Lucan: Spectacle and Engagement. Oxford, 1997. Digitized by Google xxxiii INTRODUCTION Masters, J. M. Poetry and Civil War in Lucan's Bellum Civile. Cambridge, 1992. Sklemir, R. The Taste for Nothingness. A Study of"virtus" and Related Themes in Lucan's BELLUM CrVILE. Ann Arbor, 2003. Particular aspects of the poem Feeney, D.