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Lucan (M. Annaeus Lucanus, 39–65 CE), son of rich M. Annaeus Mela and nephew of Seneca, was once born at Corduba (Cordova) in Spain and was once introduced as a toddler to Rome. In 60 CE at a competition in Emperor Nero's honour Lucan praised him in a panegyric and used to be promoted to at least one or minor workplaces. yet having defeated Nero in a poetry contest he used to be interdicted from extra recitals or e-book, in order that 3 books of his epic The Civil conflict have been not likely issued in sixty one once they have been accomplished. by means of sixty five he was once composing the 10th publication yet then grew to become curious about the unsuccessful plot of Piso opposed to Nero and, elderly in simple terms twenty-six, through order took his personal lifestyles. Quintilian known as Lucan a poet "full of fireplace and effort and a grasp of very 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 struggle among Caesar and the Republic's forces below 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 positive in Egypt. The poem is additionally known as Pharsalia.

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I lie reget currus nondum patientibus annis ? Ille semel raptos numquani dimittet honores? Quid iam rura querar totum suppressa per orbem Ac iussam servire famem ? quis castra timenti cum triste micantes Nescit mixta foro, gladii 320 ludicium insolita trepidum cinxere corona, Atque auso medias perrumpere milite leges Pompeiana reum clauserunt signa Milonem ? Nunc quoque, ne lassum teneat privata senectus, Bella nefanda parat suetus civilibus armis 325 Et docilis Sullam scelerum vicisse magistrum.

To heaven : as loud as, down upon the bears Their shout rose when the Thracian North wind cHffs of pine-clad Ossa, the bent towards earth, or again as they rebound into the sky. When Caesar saw that war was so eagerly welcomed by the soldiers, and that Fate was favourable, he would not by any slackness delay the course of destiny, but summoned his detachments scattered through the land of Gaul and moved his standards from every quarter for the march on Rome. The soldiers left their tents pitched by Lake Leman among the mountains, and the camp which crowned the winding bank of the Vosegus, and controlled the warlike Lingones with their painted weapons.

Toil before, but the prize ; ! awaits your return, nor does the Capitol demand your consecrated laurels gnawing envy denies you all things, and you will scarce go "unpunished for your conquest of foreign nations. Your daughter's husband has resolved to thrust you down from sovereignty. " Eager for war as Caesar was already, these words of Curio increased his rage and fired his ardour none the less so the race-horse at Olympia is encouraged by the shouting, although he is already pressing against the gates of the closed barrier and seeking to loosen the bolts with his forehead.

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