CLAS 3337 Lucan's Civil Wars (Spring: 3 )
Lucan's epic, De Bello Civili, looks back in history to narrate the civil wars that ended the Roman Republic and put Julius Caesar in power. At the same time, the poem is clearly a reflection of the poet's own cultural context under the Emperor Nero. We will read much of Lucan's epic in Latin and the rest in English, and we will consider a sampling of recent scholarship. Discussions will focus on Lucan's style and narrative structure as well as his portrayal of civil war, his relationship to Nero, and his status as an epic poet writing after Vergil.
Instructor(s): Brigitte Libby
Last Updated: 24-Feb-14