By Lucan, J. D. Duff

Lucan (M. Annaeus Lucanus, 39–65 CE), son of rich M. Annaeus Mela and nephew of Seneca, used to be born at Corduba (Cordova) in Spain and used to be introduced as a toddler to Rome. In 60 CE at a pageant in Emperor Nero's honour Lucan praised him in a panegyric and was once promoted to 1 or minor places of work. yet having defeated Nero in a poetry contest he was once interdicted from extra recitals or ebook, in order that 3 books of his epic The Civil battle have been not really issued in sixty one after they have been comprehensive. through sixty five he used to be composing the 10th publication yet then turned curious about the unsuccessful plot of Piso opposed to Nero and, elderly simply twenty-six, through order took his personal existence. Quintilian referred to as Lucan a poet "full of fireside and effort and a grasp of really good phrases." His epic stood subsequent after Virgil's within the estimation of antiquity. Julius Caesar looms as a sinister hero in his stormy chronicle in verse of the warfare among Caesar and the Republic's forces lower than Pompey, and later lower than Cato in Africa—a chronicle of dramatic occasions sporting us from Caesar's fateful crossing of the Rubicon, in the course of the conflict of Pharsalus and dying of Pompey, to Caesar successful in Egypt. The poem is additionally referred to as Pharsalia.

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Tum cardine tellus Subsedit, veteremque iugis nuta'iitibus Alpes Tetliys maioribus undis Discussere nivem. Hesperiam Calpen summumque inplevit Atlanta. Indigetes flevisse deos urbisque laborem Testatos sudore Lares, delapsaque tempi is Dona suis, dirasque diem foedasse volucres varias ignis Nunc iaculum Accipimus, silvisque feras sub nocte Audaces media posuisse cubilia 635 540 545 550 555 relictis Roma. 560 Alba Loiiga, the ancient centre of the Latin League, is meant. When the Theban princes, Eteocles and Polynices, were burned on the same pyre, the flame parted in two, signifying their enmity in their lifetime.

Tum, ne qua tiituri Spes saltem trepidas mentes levet, addita fati Desereris ; nox una Danda tamen venia 520 tuis est tantorum, danda, Peioris manifesta fides, superique : minaces Prodigiis terras inplerunt, aetiiera, pontum. 625 Ignota obscurae viderunt sidera noctes Ardentemque polum flammis caeloque volantes Obliquas per inane faces crinemque timendi Sideris et terris mutantem regna cometen. Fulgura 40 fallaci micuerunt crebra sereno, 530 ; BOOK gUKA:^ crew into the I and each man makes shipwreck sea, broken abandoned, and flight is the No aged father had the power to keep back his son, nor weeping wife her husband none was detained by the ancestral gods of his household, till he could frame a prayer for preservation from danger none lingered on his threshold ere he departed, to satiate his eyes with the sight of the city he loved and might never see again.

What harbour of peace will they find for their feeble old age, what dwelling-place for their retirement ? of poison ; as his ; lands will my veterans receive to till, what to shelter their war-worn frames ? Shall Magnus give the pirates preference as colonists? Lift up, lift up the standards that have long been victorious must employ the strength we have created. " Thus he spoke but the men wavered and muttered doubtfully under their breath with no certain sound. Fierce as they were with bloodshed and proud of heart, they were unnerved by love of their country and their country's gods, till brought to heel by horrid love of slaugiiter and fear of their leader.

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