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Lucan: De Bello Civili Book II: Bk. 2 (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics) Paperback – 26 Jun 1992


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"From the commentary's wealth of insights, observations and contextualizations one could single out items from every page which are worthy of note or lead to further literary reflection. Suffice it to say that in the preparation of this commentary [Elaine Fantham] has done Lucan and his readers an extremely valuable and lasting service." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"This edition has much to offer to reader of the Pharsalia at any level whether he be newcomer, graduate student, or veteran of Lucan studies." Classical World

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This edition offers the first full-scale commentary on the neglected second book of Lucan's epic poem on the civil war between Caesar and Pompey: De bello civili. It pays particular attention to Lucan's inheritance from Virgil's Augustan epic and response to its challenge.

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Review of Fantham's Lucan II 15 Dec. 2012
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No complaints here. It's a pity that the Cambridge series didn't stick with this formatting for their books. The pages are made of a more basic paper, which I'm sure make them cheaper to print. It also makes the pages more amenable to annotations in pencil.

To the scholarship itself--impeccable. Fantham is incredibly thorough from beginning to end, and her notes look searchingly for parallels in Ovid and other epicists. The Latin text could use some English headers to mark scene transitions, but that's the only complaint I can muster.
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