Lucan: De bello civili Book II
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Lucan: De bello civili Book II by Lucan
Book DescriptionIn this edition Professor Fantham offers the first full-scale commentary on the neglected second book of Lucan's epic poem on the war between Caesar and Pompey: De bello civili. Book II presents all three leading figures - Cato, Caesar and Pompey - in speech and action. It expresses the moral and political dilemma of civil war and portrays Pompey's loss of authority during his withdrawal from Italy in language designed to evoke and cancel Virgil's heroic presentation of the foundation myth of Aeneas. In her introduction, Professor Fantham gives a general account of Lucan's life and work and continues with a discussion of his narrative and interpretation of Caesar's military 'invasion' of Italy covering Books I and II, a survey of language, style and metre, and a brief history of the text. The commentary, besides supplying all necessary grammatical explanation and some assistance with translation, aims to provide the political, historical and geographical background to Lucan's epic narrative.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521422413
(186mm x 123mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jun-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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