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By Susanna Braund

Lucan's epic poem, Civil battle, portrays the stark, darkish horror of the years forty nine via forty eight BCE, the bleak truth of Romans struggling with Romans, of Julius Caesar vs. Pompey the nice. The advent to this quantity situates Lucan as a poet heavily hooked up with the Stoics at Rome, operating throughout the reign of the emperor Nero, within the style inherited from Virgil. the choices are meant for 3rd- and fourth-year university curricula, and contain Lucan's research of the reasons 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 by way of the witch Erichtho for Pompey's son. Notes to the passages light up Lucan's angle in the direction of his material-his reluctance to take on the subject of civil struggle, his advanced dating with Virgil's Aeneid, and his passionate involvement within the occasions during the rhetorical gadget of apostrophe, while he turns out to go into the poem as a personality himself. specified good points * advent that situates Lucan in his literary, historic, and ideological context * 620 traces of Latin textual content from Lucan's Civil conflict, 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 very best quality Latin and historical Greek books. From Dr. Seuss books in Latin to Plato's Apology , Bolchazy-Carducci's titles support readers find out about historic 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 jap eu and WWII books. the various parts we put up in comprise: decisions From The Aeneid Latin Grammar & Pronunciation Greek Grammar & Pronunciation Texts aiding Wheelock's Latin Classical writer workbooks: Vergil, Ovid, Horace, Catullus, Cicero Vocabulary playing cards For AP decisions: Vergil, Ovid, Catullus, Horace Greek Mythology Greek Lexicon Slovak tradition And History

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Xxix INTRODUCTION Book 1 offers a good example. Unlike Virgil, Lucan does not plunge us into the action (in medias res), but prefers to devote nearly two hundred lines to exploring the causes of the civil war before beginning his narrative at line 183. 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.

8-35 inde soporifero cesserunt languida somno membra ducis; diri tum plena horroris imago 10 uisa caput maestum per hiantis Iulia terras tollere et accenso furialis stare sepulchro. 'sedibus Elysiis campoque expulsa piorum ad Stygias' inquit 'tenebras manesque nocentes post bellum ciuile trahor. uidi ipsa tenentes 15 Eumenidas quaterent quas uestris lampadas armis; praeparat innumeras puppes Acherontis adusti porti tor; in multas laxantur Tartara poenas; uix operi cunctae dextra properante sorores sufficiunt, lassant rumpentis stamina Parcas.

Digitized by Google CIVIL WAR BOOK 21 8 sed, postquam mucrone latus funestus Achillas perfodit, nullo gemitu consensit ad ictum 620 respexitque nefas, seruatque inmobile corpus, seque probat moriens atque haec in pectore uoluit: 'saecula Romanos numquam tacitura labores attendunt, aeuumque sequens speculatur ab omni orbe ratem Phariamque fidem: nunc consule famae. 625 fata tibi longae fluxerunt prospera uitae: ignorant populi, si non in morte probaris, an scieris aduersa patio ne cede pudori auctoremque dole fati: quacumque feriris, crede manum soceri.

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