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Lucan (Marcus Annaeus Lucanus), Bellum Civile
(9,241 words)

A. Life and work

Marcus Annaeus Lucanus (Lucan, L.; AD 38–65) was the most important Roman epic poet after Virgil and Ovid. All that survives of his substantial output (which included Silvae, Orpheus) is the historical epic Bellum Civile (‘Civil War’; alternative title Pharsalia, after the sphragis in 9,985) in ten books, and over 8,000 lines. It is unclear whether the epic, which breaks off in Book 10, is preserved in an incomplete state, or whether the author hi…

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Walde, Christine, “Lucan (Marcus Annaeus Lucanus), Bellum Civile”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps5_ID_0030>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111



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