De Bello Civili I

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Cambridge University Press, 2013 - 222 pagine
Originally published in 1955, as the second edition of a 1940 original, this book contains the Latin text of the first book of Lucan's Pharsalia or De bello civili, in which Caesar crosses the Rubicon to march on Rome. Getty provides a biography of Lucan, an assessment of his ostensibly hero-less epic, and the historical sources informing the narrative, as well as explanatory notes on the text and a critical apparatus. This book will be of value to anyone interested in Lucan or in Neronian literature.
 

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Sommario

INTRODUCTION
xvii
Who is the hero of the poem?
xxiv
Lucans geographical knowledge as shown
xxxvii
TEXT
xlviii
EXPLANATORY NOTES
25
CRITICAL APPARATUS
126
APPENDIX A SIDVS smear
140
INDEX
148
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Informazioni sull'autore (2013)

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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