Lucan: De Bello Civili Book 1

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Overview


This is a full-scale edition (the first in nearly 70 years) of the first book of Lucan's De Bello Civili, an important and influential epic poem written in the 60s AD, which recounts the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey in the years 49-45 BC. The volume includes an introduction, text with apparatus criticus, and commentary. The introduction provides the reader with a number of the most important contexts for understanding Lucan's subject matter and his approach to this material. The commentary pays particular attention to interpretative, linguistic, literary, historical, social, and philosophical issues arising from the narrative of Book 1.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199556991
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/13/2009
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Roche is Lecturer in Latin in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations x

Introduction 1

1 Book one and De Bello duili 1

2 Structure and narrative in book one 10

3 Connections with other books 14

4 Sources and models for book one 19

5 Stoic elements in book one 30

6 The events of book one in the historiographical tradition 36

7 Rhetorical epic 47

8 Language and style 51

9 Text 64

M. Annae1 Lvcani De Bello Civil Liber Primvs 67

Commentary 91

Bibliography 391

Index uerborum 407

Index locorum 410

Index nominum et rerum 413

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