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M. Annei Lucani Civilis Belli [The Pharsalia / The Civil War]
In Aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Soceri 1515 - B00I2OPPRE In Latin. 1515 In Aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Soceri (Venice, Italy) 3 5/8 x 5 7/8 inches tall full vellum bound with leather and gilt label to spine, 140 leaves. In verse. Dedicatory letter on verso of title leaf written by Aldus Pius Manutius, founder (in 1494) of the famed Aldine Press. Aldine device on verso of last leaf. The second Aldine edition of this work, a re-impression of the 1502 edition. The Pharsalia (also known as Bellum Civile, "The Civil War") is a Roman epic poem by the poet Lucan, telling of the civil war between Julius Caesar and the forces of the Roman Senate led by Pompey the Great. The poem's title is a reference to the Battle of Pharsalus, which occurred in 48 BC, near Pharsalus, Thessaly, in northern Greece. Caesar decisively defeated Pompey in this battle, which occupies all of the epic's seventh book. Though probably incomplete, the poem is considered on of the great epic poems of the Silver Age of Latin literature. The poem was begun around 61 AD and several books were in circulation before the Emperor Nero and Lucan had a bitter falling out. Lucan continued to work on the epic - despite Nero's prohibition against any publication of Lucan's poetry - and it was left unfinished when Lucan was compelled to suicide as part of the Pisonian conspiracy in 65 AD. A total of ten books were written and all survive; the tenth book breaks off abruptly with Caesar in Egypt. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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