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Civil War by Lucan,W. R. Johnson,Brian Walters

By Lucan,W. R. Johnson,Brian Walters

Written within the reign of Nero—the emperor opposed to whom Lucan used to be implicated in a conspiracy and through whom he was once forced to dedicate suicide on the age of 25—the poet's darkish, ambiguous, unfinished masterpiece specializes in the disintegration of the Roman physique politic and the battle among Julius Caesar and Pompey that eventually result in the tip of the Roman republic.

whereas aiming for a poem either as rugged as Lucan's—with its mixture of background and delusion, of low and high registers, of universal and unusual turns of word, of narrative and declamation—and as reader-friendly as attainable, Brian Walters owns that he has "nowhere attempted to simplify the rhetorical excesses which are the essence of Lucan's poem, the true meat and bone of the Civil War."

an excellent creation by means of W. R. Johnson discusses the poem's dating to Nero and monarchy; its invocations of either the gods and chaos; the genuine hero of the Civil War; and the poem's finish and narrative styles.

Synopses of person books; feedback for extra analyzing; a thesaurus of names, locations, and Roman associations; and a map also are included.

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