Lucan: De bello civili Book II / Edition 1

Lucan: De bello civili Book II / Edition 1

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In this edition Professor Fantham offers the first full-scale commentary on the neglected second book of Lucan's epic poem on the war between Caesar and Pompey: De bello civili. Book II presents all three leading figures - Cato, Caesar and Pompey - in speech and action. It expresses the moral and political dilemma of civil war and portrays Pompey's loss of authority… See more details below

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In this edition Professor Fantham offers the first full-scale commentary on the neglected second book of Lucan's epic poem on the war between Caesar and Pompey: De bello civili. Book II presents all three leading figures - Cato, Caesar and Pompey - in speech and action. It expresses the moral and political dilemma of civil war and portrays Pompey's loss of authority during his withdrawal from Italy in language designed to evoke and cancel Virgil's heroic presentation of the foundation myth of Aeneas. It is a book rich in the history and geography of Roman Italy, including the retrospective narrative of Marius' and Sulla's reigns of civil terror at Rome, an unusual wedding scene, a verbal map of Italy, and a swift-paced narrative of Caesar's blockade and Pompey's Dunkirk-like evacuation of the republican forces from Brundisium. In her introduction Professor Fantham gives a general account of Lucan's life and work, and continues with a discussion of his narrative and interpretation of Caesar's military 'invasion' of Italy covering books I and II, a survey of language, style and metre, and a brief history of the text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521422413
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/26/1992
Series:
Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
4.84(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of maps
Preface
Introduction1
1De bello civili: the poet and the poem1
2Lucan's work in the epic tradition3
(i)Roman history as poetry3
(ii)Lucan and Virgil: emulation and reaction7
(iii)Lucan's ideology: Stoic ethics and republican ideals11
(iv)The influence of rhetoric: Ovid and Lucan14
(v)Lucan as a poet of natural science17
3The civil war: history and poetic interpretation19
(i)Caesar's campaign of January-March 49 B.C. and Pompey's evacuation of Italy19
(ii)Books 1 and 2 of De bello civili: structure and interpretation23
4Language, style and versification34
(i)Language and style34
(ii)Metre and versification43
5The text46
M. Annaei Lvcani De Bello Civili Liber Secvndvs
Commentary76
Chronological table of events, 107-49 B.C.223
Parallel summaries of Lucan, De bello civili 1-2, Livy, Periochae and Caesar, Bellum civile 1227
App. 1: A Neronian critic of Lucan?229
App. 2: The capture of Corfinium232
App. 3: Cato's decision and Seneca's appraisal235
Select bibliography237
Index 1: Latin words240
Index 2: General241

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