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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - paperloverevolution - LibraryThing
I'm actually reading the Robert Graves translation, which I was too lazy to import manually. I love his informal introductions. So far, it's very enjoyable. Read full review
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Two weeks ago I happened upon this; I had no idea of its existence before-- an 18th Cent. translation into heroic couplets of Lucan's epic "Pharsalia." English poet Nicholas Rowe here rivals Dryden's ... Read full review
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