Pharsalia: Dramatic Episodes of the Civil War (Formatted with TOC)by Lucan
Lucan became on foe Emperor Nero’s friends, winning a prize in 60 A.D. for performing Orpheus and
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In his short life, Lucan became one of Ancient Rome’s best poets. Lucan was the grandson of Seneca the Elder and was schooled by his uncle, Seneca the Younger. Lucan learned rhetoric in Athens and embraced the Stoic philosophies of the Senecas.
Lucan became on foe Emperor Nero’s friends, winning a prize in 60 A.D. for performing Orpheus and Laudes Neronis. During that time, Lucan wrote Pharsalia (also known as De Bello civili in the manuscripts), which was an account of the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great.
Despite his success, Lucan and the emperor suffered a falling out. According to the Roman historian Tacitus, Nero became jealous of Lucan and forbade him to publish his poems, and Lucan began writing poems and works humiliating the emperor. The historian Vacca mentions that one of Lucan's works was entitled De Incendio Urbis (On the Burning of the City), a reference to the fire in Rome while Nero supposedly fiddled.
Possibly as a result of the falling out, the later books of Pharsalia are anti-Imperial and pro-Republic. Lucan later joined the 65 AD conspiracy of Gaius Calpurnius Piso against Nero. When the conspiracy was uncovered, Lucan was forced to commit suicide.
This edition is specially formatted for the Nook and has a linked Table of Contents.
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