Marcus Annaeus Lucanus (November 39 AD – April 65 AD)


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Modern bust of Lucan, the Roman Poet


Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, the nephew of the more famous Stoic statesman and philosopher Seneca the Younger, was born in 39 A.D. and died during the Pisonian conspiracy against Nero in 65. Titles of several works come down to us, but it is only his unfinished epic – detailing the conflict 100 years later between Caesar and Pompey – which survives. Known for his flexible hexameter, aphorisms, and biting wit, Lucan is almost worthy successor of Vergil.

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Pharsalia engraved page of a French edition (1657)


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