Civil War by Lucan

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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.


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Matthew Fox is Visiting Professor of Classics at Rutgers University. Ethan Adams is an assistant professor in classics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
Published January 31, 2012 by Penguin Classic. 545 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The New York Review of Books

Lucan, of course, did not repudiate foreign war, nor the empire which entanglements and eventual foreign wars had bestowed on Rome, but, in mounting such a savage attack on civil war, he was, in effect, attacking war itself, inasmuch as civil and not foreign war could more and more be equated wit...

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