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By Lucan,W. R. Johnson,Brian Walters

Written within the reign of Nero—the emperor opposed to whom Lucan used to be implicated in a conspiracy and via whom he used to be forced to dedicate suicide on the age of 25—the poet's darkish, ambiguous, unfinished masterpiece specializes in the disintegration of the Roman physique politic and the conflict among Julius Caesar and Pompey that finally bring about the top of the Roman republic.

whereas aiming for a poem either as rugged as Lucan's—with its mixture of historical past and delusion, of low and high registers, of universal and unusual turns of word, of narrative and declamation—and as reader-friendly as attainable, Brian Walters owns that he has "nowhere attempted to simplify the rhetorical excesses which are the essence of Lucan's poem, the genuine meat and bone of the Civil War."

an excellent advent by way of W. R. Johnson discusses the poem's courting to Nero and monarchy; its invocations of either the gods and chaos; the true hero of the Civil War; and the poem's finish and narrative styles.

Synopses of person books; feedback for additional studying; a thesaurus of names, locations, and Roman associations; and a map also are included.

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