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Title: Lucan: De bello civili Book II
Author: Fantham, Elaine (ed)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1992
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521422413
Volumes: 1; Pages: 256
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This edition offers the first full-scale commentary on the neglected second book of Lucan's epic poem on the civil war between Caesar and Pompey: De bello civili. It pays particular attention to Lucan's inheritance from Virgil's Augustan epic and response to its challenge. The introduction gives a general account of Lucan's life and work, a discussion of his narrative, a survey of language, style and meter, and a brief history of the text. The commentary offers assistance with grammar and translation and aims to provide the political, historical and geographical background to Lucan's epic narrative. Only student-level edition of this book of Lucan's De bello civili available Lucan's star is rising--see our forthcoming monograph by Jamie Masters: Poetry and Civil War in Lucan's Bellum Civile There is only one other student-level commentary on any book of Lucan--Roland Mayer's edition of Lucan Book VIII from Aris and Philips--so an alternative text to use should be popular with teachersContentsIntroduction1. De bello civili: the poet and the poem2. Lucan's work in the epic tradition3. The Civil War: history and poetic interpretation4. Language, style and versification5. The text M. Annaei Lvcani De bello civili liber secvndvsCommentary; Chronological table of events from 88-49 B.C.Parallel summaries of Lucan, De bello civili I-II, Livy, Periocha and Caesar, Bellum civile 1Appendices: 1. A Neronian critic of Lucan?2. The capture of Corfinium3. Cato's decision and Seneca's appraisalBibliographyIndex.