The Pharsalia, Lucan's epic on the civil war between Caesar and Pompey, is a document of fundamental importance for students of the history and literature of Rome in the early imperial period. Whether one is a historian of the Republican opposition to Nero, or a literary critic teasing out theideological implications of intertextuality, it is impossible to ignore this poem.Taking as his guiding theme the unusual prominence of spectacle and spectators in the Pharsalia - the tendency of either the narrator to represent complicity with or apathy towards the action of various charactyers as that of one who watches and does not engage, or of individual characters tocelebrate the actions which they undertake by turning them into theatrical displays for others to watch - Dr Leigh demonstrates the importance of this phenomenon for narrative, and intertextual concerns as well as for history and socio-political matters. He shows how Lucan can take devicescharacteristic of Virgilian narrative and transform them to launch an attack on the Augustan ideology of the Aeneid and produce a savagely Republican anti-Aeneid which represents the civil wars as the death of Rome.By studying the tension between the narrator's impassioned interventions and his characters' often manic zeal to transform civil war into performance, this work discovers a Lucan who is as funny as he is serious, as reflective as he is committed.
He shows how Lucan can take devicescharacteristic of Virgilian narrative and transform them to launch an attack on the Augustan ideology of the Aeneid and produce a savagely Republican anti-Aeneid which represents the civil wars as the ...
Author: Matthew Leigh
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Epic poetry, Latin
Born in 39 C.E., the Roman poet Lucan lived during the turbulent reign of the emperor Nero. Prior to his death in 65 C.E., Lucan wrote prolifically, yet beyond some fragments, only his epic poem, the Civil War, has survived. Acclaimed by critics as one of the greatest literary achievements of the Roman Empire, the Civil War is a stirring account of the war between Julius Caesar and the forces of the republican senate led by Pompey the Great. Reading Lucan’s Civil War is the first comprehensive guide to this important poem. Accessible to all readers, it is especially well suited for students encountering the work for the first time. As the editor, Paul Roche, explains in his introduction, the Civil War (alternatively known in Latin as Bellum Civile, De Bello Civili, or Pharsalia) is most likely an unfinished work. Roche places the poem in historical and literary contexts that will be helpful to first-time readers. The volume presents, chapter-by-chapter, essays that cover each of the Civil War’s ten extant books. Five further chapters address topics and issues pertaining to the entire work, including religion and ritual, philosophy, gender dynamics, and Lucan’s relationships to Vergil and Julius Caesar. The contributors to this volume are all expert scholars who have published widely on Lucan’s work and Roman imperial literature. Their essays provide readers with a detailed understanding of and appreciation for the poem’s unique features. The contributors take special care to include translations of all original Latin passages and explain unfamiliar Latin and Greek terms. The volume is enhanced by a map of Lucan’s Roman world and a glossary of key terms.
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Author: Paul Roche
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Category: Foreign Language Study
This is a book about poetry, language, and classical antiquity, and explains to the reader with little or no Latin how the language works as a unique vehicle for poetic expression. Fitzgerald guides the reader through samples of Latin poetry to give a sense of how the individual poems feel in Latin and what makes Latin poetry worth reading.
Matthew Leigh has argued that throughout his epic Lucan forces the reader to confront the distinction between two possible responses to his work, spectacle and engagement. 2 Will we engage with the moral issues that his raises or will ...
Author: William Fitzgerald
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Lucan’s epic on the civil war that ended the Republic was written in the Early Empire, under Nero, a hundred years after the events it narrates. Book 4 focuses on two major campaigns out of Italy, first in Spain, then in Africa. Paolo Asso’s commentary privileges aspects of poetics, rhetoric, language and literary genre, and speaks not only to readers of Latin poetry but also to all students and scholars in classical and modern languages and literatures, as well as the generally learned reader with little knowledge of Latin.
Gladiators and Caesars: The Power of Spectacle in Ancient Rome. ... "Mensch und Welt bei Lukan im Spiegel bildhafter Darstellung (Auszug)" in Rutz 1970, 439-76. Köstermann, Erich. 1968. ... Lucan: Spectacle and Engagement.
Author: Paolo Asso
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Category: Literary Criticism
Die Beiträge zur Altertumskunde enthalten Monographien, Sammelbände, Editionen, Übersetzungen und Kommentare zu Themen aus den Bereichen Klassische, Mittel- und Neulateinische Philologie, Alte Geschichte, Archäologie, Antike Philosophie sowie Nachwirken der Antike bis in die Neuzeit. Dadurch leistet die Reihe einen umfassenden Beitrag zur Erschließung klassischer Literatur und zur Forschung im gesamten Gebiet der Altertumswissenschaften.
Cato's Eyes The second and equally important way in which Lucan aligns Cato with Medusa is through the gorgon's gaze. ... is necessary to address the influential view propounded by Leigh in his 1997 monograph, Spectacle and Engagement.
Author: Nicola Hömke
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
A Companion to Julius Caesar comprises 30 essays from leading scholars examining the life and after life of this great polarizing figure. Explores Caesar from a variety of perspectives: military genius, ruthless tyrant, brilliant politician, first class orator, sophisticated man of letters, and more Utilizes Caesar’s own extant writings Examines the viewpoints of Caesar’s contemporaries and explores Caesar’s portrayals by artists and writers through the ages
For Caesar and Alexander in Lucan and elsewhere, see P. Green, “Caesar and Alexander: aemulatio, imitatio, comparatio” in id., ... For Caesar and his subalterns, see M. Leigh, Lucan: Spectacle and Engagement (Oxford, 1997), pp. 158–233.
Author: Miriam Griffin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
This book makes available in convenient form a selection of seminal articles on the Roman poet Lucan's grim epic, written in the time of Nero, on the world-changing civil war between Caesar and Pompey in the mid first century BC. The selection enables the reader of Lucan's work to trace the emergence of vital critical perspectives and controversies and the diverse approaches that have been applied to them. Five essays appear in English for the first time, and quotations from Latin and Greek have been translated. A specially written Introduction, by Susanna Braund, provides an up-to-date guide to scholarship on Lucan and to the history of the reception of the poem.
(1997), Lucan: Spectacle and Engagement (New York: Clarendon Press). Lejay, P. (1894), M. Annaei Lucani de bello civili liber primus (Paris: Klincksieck). Levi, M.-A. (1949), 'Il prologo della Pharsalia', RFIC ns 27: 71–8, ...
Author: Charles Tesoriero
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Category: Literary Collections
These new essays comprise the first collective study of Lucan and his epic poem that focuses specifically on points of contact between his text and the cultural, literary, and historical environments in which he lived and wrote. The Bellum Civile, Lucan's poetic narrative of the monumental civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey Magnus, explores the violent foundations of the Roman principate and the Julio-Claudian dynasty. The poem, composed more than a century later during the reign of Nero, thus recalls the past while being very much a product of its time. This volume offers innovative readings that seek to interpret Lucan's epic in terms of the contemporary politics, philosophy, literature, rhetoric, geography, and cultural memory of the author's lifetime. In doing so, these studies illuminate how approaching Lucan and his text in light of their contemporary environments enriches our understanding of author, text, and context individually and in conversation with each other.
Leigh, M. (1997), Lucan: Spectacle and Engagement, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Martindale, C.A. (1976), “Paradox, hyperbole, and literary novelty in Lucan's De bello ciuili,” BICS, 23: 45–54. Martindale, C. (1984), “The Politician ...
Author: Laura Zientek
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Literary Collections
Lauded after his death as ‘champion of the English Commonwealth’, but also derided as a ‘most servile wit, and mercenary pen’, the poet, dramatist and historian Thomas May (c.1595–1650) produced the first full translation into English of Lucan’s Bellum Ciuile shortly before a ruinous civil war engulfed his own country. Lucan, whose epic had lamented the Roman Republic’s doomed struggle to preserve liberty and inevitable enslavement to the Caesars, and who was forced to commit suicide at the behest of the emperor Nero, was a figure of fascination in early modern Europe. May’s accomplished rendition of his challenging poem marked an important moment in the history of its English reception. This is a modernized edition of the first complete (1627) edition of the translation. It includes prefatory materials, dedications and May’s own historical notes on the text. Besides an introduction contextualising May’s life and work and the key features of his translation, it offers a full commentary to the text highlighting how May responded to contemporary editions and commentaries on Lucan, and explaining points of literary, political, philosophical interest. There is also a detailed glossary and bibliography, and a set of textual notes enumerating the chief differences between the 1627 edition and the others produced in May’s lifetime. This volume aims not just to provide an accessible path into the dense, sometimes provocative poem May shapes from Lucan, but also a broader appreciation of the translator’s literary merits and the role his work plays in the history of the English reception of Roman literature and culture.
Lucan More detailed advice will follow below, but a good place to start is Philip Hardie, 'Lucan's Bellum Civile', in A Companion to ... 1997); and Matthew Leigh, Lucan: Spectacle and Engagement (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).
Author: Emma Buckley