Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
Marcus Annaeus Lucanus Poems
- Pharsalia - Book 1 The Crossing of the Rubicon Wars worse...
- Pharsalia - Book Iii: Massilia With canvas yielding to the ...
- Pharsalia - Book Vi: The Fight...
- Pharsalia - Book X: Caesar In ... When Caesar, following ...
- Pharsalia - Book V: The Oracle...
- Pharsalia - Book Vii: The Batt... Ne'er to the summons of the ...
- Pharsalia - Book Ix: Cato Yet in those ashes on the Pharian ...
In the year of 39 A.D. Marcus Annaeus Lucanus was born into a wealthy family. They lived in Roman Spain, but before Lucan's first birthday, his parents decided to move to the Capital. Whilst, in Rome, Lucan's parents were able to afford a good education for their son.
Later, he moved to Athens to complete his education. He was called back to his home land by Nero, the young Emperor. The terms of their relationship is unknown. It is possible that they both had common interests, and because of these interests, they gained trust and respect for each other.
During this time, he wrote some fascinating works such as A Tale of Troy, Medea, Journey to the Underworld . In ... more »
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Pharsalia - Book 1
The Crossing of the Rubicon
Wars worse than civil on Emathian plains,
And crime let loose we sing; how Rome's high race
Plunged in her vitals her victorious sword;
Armies akin embattled, with the force
Of all the shaken earth bent on the fray;
And burst asunder, to the common guilt,
A kingdom's compact; eagle with eagle met,
Standard to standard, spear opposed to spear.
Whence, citizens, this rage, this boundless lust
To sate barbarians with the blood of Rome?
Did not the shade of Crassus, wandering still,
Cry for his vengeance? Could ...