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Ancient Rome Civil War Lucan Pharsalia Julius Caesar Pompey RARE OOP 1957 H/C

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,323) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122104127718 Details: TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Lucan Pharsalia: Dramatic Episodes of the Civil Wars, Translated by Robert Graves. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 238 pages. Publisher: Penguin Books; (1957). Lucan, a gifted and ambitious young Spanish poet, spent most of his short life at the Roman Imperial Court where his uncle Seneca, the philosopher-playwright, was a Privy Councillor to the young Emperor Nero. Nero at first modeled his own poetic style on Lucan's and showed him great favor. However Nero ultimately decided that he himself, not Lucan, was destined to become the greatest living poet, and did his best to discredit Lucan. Lucan had been planning an epic poem about the first Civil War, to glorify Nero as the successor of Julius Caesar. However Lucan transformed the epic into an attack on the whole principle of Imperial power, and prefaced the first book with a satirical dedication to Nero. Forbidden to publish any more poems, Lucan led a conspiracy against Nero's life. However Lucan bungled the attempt and was forced to commit suicide along with Seneca and other members of his family. Well aware that in poetic craftsmanship he could not hope to surpass his predecessor Virgil, Lucan had invented a sensationally modernistic style far better suited than the smooth Virgilian line to the riotous and confused reign of Nero. The macabre fascination of Lucan's work comes out clearly in this translation by one of the great living masters of English prose, Robert Graves. CONDITION: VERY GOOD (PLUS). Seemingly unread (almost fine) hardcover with replacement dustjacket (in protective mylar sleeve). Penguin (1957 1st ed) 238 pages. The inside of the book and the red cloth cover are almost like new, with negligible wear. Pages are crisp, clean, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, seemingly unread. I suspect that at most the book has been flipped through once or twice, but never actually read. HOWEVER if you lift the front dustjacket flap, you'll see that at one point someone placed a large paste down sticker ("from the library of") onto the front end paper (the underside of the front cover). It's easy to miss as it is beneath the dustjacket flap, but we would not want to mislead anyone by omitting this fact. Otherwise there are no markings, and the red cloth covers are pristine and without blemish. The original dustjacket was lost, so we produced a full-color replacement printed on high-gloss photographic quality paper, enclosed in a mylar cover. It's very handsome and durable. Given the age and rarity of the book, and the fact that it is virtually unread (if not unblemished), it's quite a find! Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. #1672b. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: The work is a powerful condemnation of civil war, and Lucan emphasizes the stark, dark horror of the catastrophes which the Roman state inflicted upon itself. Lucan (M. Annaeus Lucanus, 39-65 A.D.), son of wealthy M. Annaeus Mela and nephew of Seneca, was born at Corduba (Cordova) in Spain and was brought as a baby to Rome. In 60 A.D. at a festival in Emperor Nero's honor, Lucan praised him in a panegyric and was promoted to one or two minor offices. But having defeated Nero in a poetry contest he was interdicted from further recitals or publication, so that three books of his epic "The Civil War" were probably not issued in 61 A.D. when they were finished. By 65 A.D. he was composing the tenth book but then became involved in the unsuccessful plot of Piso against Nero and, aged only twenty-six, by order took his own life. Quintilian called Lucan a poet "full of fire and energy and a master of brilliant phrases." His epic stood next after Virgil's in the estimation of antiquity. Julius Caesar looms as a sinister hero in his stormy chronicle in verse of the war between Caesar and the Republic's forces under Pompey, and later under Cato in Africa. "The Civil War" is a chronicle of dramatic events carrying us from Caesar's fateful crossing of the Rubicon, through the Battle of Pharsalus and death of Pompey, to Caesar victorious in Egypt. The poem is called "Pharsalia". Though he was primarily a poet, Robert Graves in over forty years of writing also made distinguished contributions as a novelist, critic, translator, essayist, scholar, historian, lecturer, and librettist. Born in London in 1895, Mr. Graves left school when World War I broke and served as a Captain in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in France. First recognized as a "war poet" along with his fellow officer Siegfried Sassoon, he won international acclaim in 1929 with the publication of "Goodbye to All That", an autobiography vividly appraising the effect of the war years on his generation. After the war, Graves was granted a classical scholarship at Oxford, and subsequently went to Egypt as the first Professor of English at the newly formed University of Cairo. From 1932 onward, except during World War II, Graves, wife, and family lived in Deya, Majorca. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Lucan's epic poem on the civil war between Caesar and Pompey, unfinished at the time of his death, stands beside the poems of Virgil and Ovid in the first rank of Latin epic. This remarkable translation by renown author Robert Graves conveys the full force of Lucan's writing and his grimly realistic view of the subject. The work is a powerful condemnation of civil war, emphasizing the stark, dark horror of the catastrophic traumas which the Roman state inflicted upon itself. Both the introduction and glossary set the scene for readers unfamiliar with Lucan and explore his relationship with earlier writers of Latin epic, and his interest in the sensational. REVIEW: Why do we read Lucan? The question admits of several answers. There is his influence on Corneille and other Renaissance and Victorian writers. His illustration of all the tropes and figures listed by Roman Oratory Quintilian. For Robert Graves, who admits his dislike, it is "because the book is a historical phenomenon that cannot be argued away. Because like other prodigiously vital writers with hysterical tendencies, Rudyard Kipling is a convenient instance, Lucan exerts a strange fascination on even the reluctant reader." Lucan contains the essence of what Dryden calls "the smoke and wealth and fire of Rome". Its cruelty, its credulity, its garrulous and indestructible sense of power. Modern scholars like Carcopino have reconstructed the shell of Rome, the toppling tenement houses and teeming carriageways. The stench and the street games, the noise and the people. But Lucan gives us the very soul of Rome, the stone-dead heart of paganism. "It is most false to say that gods rule this world", he cries with gloating misanthropy. If we were ignorant of the context, we might believe we were listening to Saint Augustine, treading the despair of Olympus down under his feet and proclaiming the mercies of the city of God. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Lucan, the author of the full-throated but incomplete epic the "Civil War", certainly deserves a spot next to the great Latin poets Ovid, Horace, and Virgil, whose epic works mark the pinnacle eloquence and intelligence of Latin verse. The epic was written during the reign of Nero in the first century A.D., and it is characterized by its vehement condemnation of civil war and imperialistic sentiments. This possibly caused Lucan's later fall from Emperor Nero's favor. The primary characters in the epic are Julius Caesar, who is portrayed as a destructive warmonger, and Pompey (Magnus), who is described as ambitious and over his prime. The vivid descriptions of the wars in this work are exciting and at the same time sobering since Lucan's narrative never fails to reveal those attributes of civil war which invoke the most disturbing of feelings. For all this, Lucan's "Civil War" is recommended. REVIEW: If I had known it was another translation of Lucan, I would not have ordered it. But I would have made a mistake. This work has a better translation for the modern reader, and lots of good supporting information. Some of the comparisons I made with other versions make me wish I had this ten years ago. The notes are worth the price of the book! I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. 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