By Lucan,W. R. Johnson,Brian Walters
whereas aiming for a poem either as rugged as Lucan's—with its mixture of historical past and myth, 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 advent via W. R. Johnson discusses the poem's courting to Nero and monarchy; its invocations of either the gods and chaos; the true hero of the Civil War; and the poem's finish and narrative styles.
Synopses of person books; feedback for extra interpreting; a word list of names, locations, and Roman associations; and a map also are included.
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