Monday, September 10, 2007

Lucan (Marcus Annaeus Lucanus) (39 CE-65 CE)

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Learn on how little man may live, and how small a portion nature requires. [Lat., Discite quam parvo liceat producere vitam, Et quantum natura petat.] from Pharsalia (IV, 377)


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The Roman poet Lucan is named, in Latin, Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, and is one of the outstanding figures of the Silver Latin period. Lucan was born in Cordoba in present-day Spain, in the year 39 AD, and was the nephew of Seneca. He prospered under Nero, and his epic poem, Pharsalia, which was the story of the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey, was much acclaimed. However, he soon fell out of favour, and was lured into the conspiracy of Piso. His treason having been discovered, he was obliged to commit suicide by opening a vein, and died in 65 AD. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Lucan.]

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