Download PDF by Lucan,W. R. Johnson,Brian Walters: Civil War

By Lucan,W. R. Johnson,Brian Walters

ISBN-10: 1603849963

ISBN-13: 9781603849968

Written within the reign of Nero—the emperor opposed to whom Lucan was once implicated in a conspiracy and through whom he was once pressured to dedicate suicide on the age of 25—the poet's darkish, ambiguous, unfinished masterpiece makes a speciality of the disintegration of the Roman physique politic and the struggle among Julius Caesar and Pompey that finally bring about the top of the Roman republic.

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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