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Lucans Pharsalia, or, The civil-warres of Rome, between Pompey the great, and Julius Cæsar

An historical poem being till the death of Julius Cæsar. Englished by Thomas May, Esquire

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      • Signatures: a A-S Tp2sp2s A-I p2s Kp2s(-p2s A8)A continuation of the subject of Lucans historical poem, till the death of Julius Cæsar has separate dated title page [dated 1657]; register is separateReproduction of original in the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign Campus). LibraryWing (2nd ed.) L3388Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI, 1987. 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. (Early English books, 1641-1700 ; 1797:32).

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        LC Classifications1659
        The Physical Object
        Paginationxvi, 115 p. :
        Number of Pages96
        ID Numbers
        ISBN 10nodata
        Series
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        2Early English books, 1641-1700 -- 1797:32
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Civil War chronicles the chaos of middle-first century BC, when Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon to invade Rome, displacing his former ally Pompey and the Senate.

Leave them free to hope within their fears. Knowledge is, if anything, a curse: Why, Ruler of Olympus, did you add these cares to anxious mortals, to know future disasters through dire omens?

Being so close to Nero could not have made him anything but pessimistic and fatalistic. Both ostensibly subscribed to Stoic philosophy; both wrote extremely bloody literature. The characters are largely unredeemed: Caesar is or near-demonic monster, Pompey a tired and corrupt politician.

Civil War was never finished: it breaks off in the middle of Book 10. No clear heroic or moral values emerge from the chaos. Matthew Fox The poem feels stunningly modern, because so much of the values and rhetoric it invokes are immediately undermined and questioned. Though the material is primarily historical, taking place barely 100 years Lucans Pharsalia the past, Lucan tosses in ghosts, spirits, the underworld, witches, and more.

It is a work of inspiration in the most literal sense.

Lucan's Civil War

All great things crush themselves [ in se magna ruunt], such end the gods Allot the height of honor. Lucan and Seneca were hugely influential on Renaissance poetry and drama, the Greeks not having gained the prominence they have today. Lucan started in his early 20s and still did not live to come close to finishing it.

Either the creator of things, when first flame abated and he obtained the reign over rude and formless matter, fixed the causes eternally—by which he holds all in order, obeying the law himself—then partitioned the world into ages, set limits for the fates; or nothing is settled and fortune wanders uncertain, twisting and turning events, and chance rules mortals. It captures the raw chaos of and Julius Cæsar as well as Kleist or Celine. It Lucans Pharsalia followed by the self-explanatory Year of the Four Emperors, before the reasonably competent emperor Vespasian stepped in and set the stage for another hundred years of comparative stability for the Roman Empire, including a couple of the best emperors Rome would ever have Trajan and Hadrian, who ruled twenty years each from 98-138.