A Lucan Reader: Selections from Civil War by Lucan by Susanna Braund

By Susanna Braund

Lucan's epic poem, Civil battle, portrays the stark, darkish horror of the years forty nine via forty eight BCE, the bleak truth of Romans struggling with Romans, of Julius Caesar vs. Pompey the nice. The advent to this quantity situates Lucan as a poet heavily hooked up with the Stoics at Rome, operating in the course of the reign of the emperor Nero, within the style inherited from Virgil. the choices are meant for 3rd- and fourth-year university curricula, and comprise Lucan's research of the explanations of the civil struggle, depictions of his protagonists Caesar and Pompey at key moments-Caesar's crossing of the Rubicon, the assassination of Pompey as he arrives in Egypt looking safe haven, Cato's funeral oration for Pompey, Caesar's stopover at to the positioning of Troy-as good as hugely atmospheric passages: Pompey's imaginative and prescient of his useless spouse, Julia; and the necromancy played via the witch Erichtho for Pompey's son. Notes to the passages remove darkness from Lucan's angle in the direction of his material-his reluctance to take on the subject of civil conflict, his advanced dating with Virgil's Aeneid, and his passionate involvement within the occasions during the rhetorical gadget of apostrophe, whilst he turns out to go into the poem as a personality himself. unique beneficial properties * advent that situates Lucan in his literary, ancient, and ideological context * 620 traces of Latin textual content from Lucan's Civil conflict, together with: 1.1-45, 67-157, 183-227, 486-504; 3.8-35; 399-445; 6.624-53; 7.617-37; 7.647-82, 728-46, 760-811; 8.542-636, 663-88; 9.190-217; 9.961-99 * Notes on the again * Map of the japanese Mediterranean in Caesar's day * Bibliography * complete Vocabulary For over 30 years Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers has produced the very best quality Latin and old Greek books. From Dr. Seuss books in Latin to Plato's Apology , Bolchazy-Carducci's titles support readers know about historical Rome and Greece; the Latin and historical Greek languages are alive and good with titles like Cicero's De Amicitia and Kaegi's Greek Grammar . We additionally characteristic a line of up to date japanese ecu and WWII books. the various components we submit in contain: choices From The Aeneid Latin Grammar & Pronunciation Greek Grammar & Pronunciation Texts assisting Wheelock's Latin Classical writer workbooks: Vergil, Ovid, Horace, Catullus, Cicero Vocabulary playing cards For AP decisions: Vergil, Ovid, Catullus, Horace Greek Mythology Greek Lexicon Slovak tradition And History

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Mors nulla querella digna sua est, nullosque hominum lugere uacamus. non istas habuit pugnae Pharsalia partes Digitized by Google 14 A LUCAN READER quas aliae clades: illic per fata uirorum, per populos hic Roma perit; quod militis illic, 635 mors hic gentis erat: sanguis ibi fluxit Achaeus, Ponticus, Assyrius; cunctos haerere cruores Romanus campisque uetat consistere torrens. 647-82 iam Magnus transisse deos Romanaque fata senserat infelix, tota uix clade coactus fortunam damnare suam. stetit aggere campi, 650 eminus unde omnes sparsas per Thessala rura aspiceret clades, quae bello obstante latebant.

Cernit propulsa cruore 790 flumina et excelsos cumulis aequantia colles corpora, sidentes in tabem spectat aceruos et Magni numerat populos, epulisque paratur ille locus, uultus ex quo faciesque iacentum agnoscat. iuuat Emathiam non cernere terram 795 et lustrare oculis campos sub clade latentes. fortunam superosque suos in sanguine cernit. ac, ne laeta furens scelerum spectacula perdat, inuidet igne rogi miseris, caeloque nocenti ingerit Emathiam. non illum Poenus humator 800 consulis et Libyca succensae lampade Cannae conpellunt hominum ritus ut seruet in hoste, sed meminit nondum satiata caedibus ira ciues esse suos.

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