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A magnificent new translation of the enduring epic about the sundering of the Roman Republic.

Lucan lived from 39-65 AD at a time of great turbulence in Rome. His Civil War portrays two of the most colorful and powerful figures of the age-Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great, enemies in a vicious struggle for power that severed bloodlines and began the transformation of Roman civilization. With Right locked in combat with Might, law and order ...
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Civil War

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Overview

A magnificent new translation of the enduring epic about the sundering of the Roman Republic.

Lucan lived from 39-65 AD at a time of great turbulence in Rome. His Civil War portrays two of the most colorful and powerful figures of the age-Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great, enemies in a vicious struggle for power that severed bloodlines and began the transformation of Roman civilization. With Right locked in combat with Might, law and order broke down and the anarchic violence that resulted left its mark on the Roman people forever, paving the way for the imperial monarchy. Accessible and modern yet loyal to the rhetorical brilliance of the original, this will be the definitive Civil War of our times.


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"The translation combines fidelity to the Latin with a good sense of what makes readable English. The introduction well raises many issues about the poem."—Keith N. Gauneberl, Hobart and William Smith Colleges—CHECK NAME!!

"Excellent notes, sensible introduction."—L. Cahoon, Gettysburg College

"Probably the best English translation in print."—Martin Helzle, Case Western Reserve University

"I like this translation. The introduction and notes by Braund are excellent."—Carole Shaffer-Koros, Kean College

-Jane Wilson Joyce

“Matthew Fox’s new translation of Lucan’s poem, together with the introduction, notes, and glossary he co-authored with Ethan Adams, is most welcome. His translation gives us a new look at the poem, and the ancillary materials provide a general audience with necessary social, historical, and literary information…readers will find Fox’s spirited, fastpaced rendering a pleasure.”
-Professor Alessandro Barchiesi

"I was deeply impressed. It is not just another translation: it has a special intensity and vibe, and I am recommending it to whoever teaches Lucan and also to people interested in contemporary translations of poetry. The quality of the footnotes and summaries is also noteworthy."
-Dr. Martin Brady at University College Dublin

"I teach this poem as part of an MA seminar course on the epic tradition, and I was most impressed at its suitability for students. The translation is fluent and readable, yet still manages to convey something of the violent and jagged nature of Lucan's epic style. The excerpt from Petronius included as an appendix will be especially valuable in situating the poet in his literary context. I look forward to assigning this translation as a core text for many years to come."
-Leah Kronenberg

"I think it is a fantastic translation---really a scholarly commentary and literary interpretation as much as a translation. I shall be very lucky to consult it in future classes and for my research! Thanks again for sending it. The authors have definitely done a remarkable job and it will surely become the standard translation of this difficult poem."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101575000
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,038,345
  • File size: 955 KB

Meet the Author

Matthew Fox is Visiting Professor of Classics at Rutgers University.
Ethan Adams is an assistant professor in classics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
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Table of Contents

Preface Matthew Fox ix

Introduction and Notes Matthew Fox Ethan Adams xi

Suggestions for Further Reading li

Notes on the Text and Translation lv

Chronology of Roman Historical Events lxi

Map lxiv

Civil War

Appendix: Satyricon 317

Greek and Latin Names for the Winds 331

Notes 332

Glossary 445

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