Publisher description for Civil war / Lucan ; translated by Matthew Fox ; introduction and notes by Matthew Fox and Ethan Adams.


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A magnificent new translation of the enduring epic about the sundering of the Roman Republic.

Lucan lived from 39-65 AD at a time of great turbulence in Rome. His Civil War portrays two of the most colorful and powerful figures of the age-Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great, enemies in a vicious struggle for power that severed bloodlines and began the transformation of Roman civilization. With Right locked in combat with Might, law and order broke down and the anarchic violence that resulted left its mark on the Roman people forever, paving the way for the imperial monarchy. Accessible and modern yet loyal to the rhetorical brilliance of the original, this will be the definitive Civil War of our times.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Epic poetry, Latin -- Translations into English.
Pharsalus, Battle of, Farsala, Greece, 48 B.C. -- Poetry.
Rome -- History -- Civil War, 49-45 B.C. -- Poetry.