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Pharsalia. Sive De Bello Civili Casaris et Pompeii [translated: On the Civil War Between Caesar and Pompey] Libri X Additae sunt in fine Hugonis Grotii Notae ex binis antehac editis junctae auctae correctae et Thomae Farnabii in margine, etc.

Lucani, M. Annaei [Lucan or Lucanus] ; commentary by Hugo Grotius and Thomas Farnaby

Published by Apud Janssonio Waesbergios, Amsterdam, 1681
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330, [6] pp. 12mo, with copper engraved title page by Giovanni Van Den Avele. Pharsalia is considered a masterpiece, and possibly the masterpiece, of the Silver Age of Ancient Roman poetry. The epic poem concerns the Roman Civil War at the time of Caesar and most particularly the extended struggle between Caesar and Pompey the Great. Lucanus, writing a century later, during the reign of Nero, far from glamorizing the warfare, took a jaundiced view of the fraticidal battle, and his portrait of both Caesar and Pompey was far from flattering. His "epic poem", therefore, is epic in terms of length, scope and ambition, not in its portrayal of the principals. Because of the subject matter, the popularity of "Pharsalia" has crested at times when a society, still steeped in the Classical canon of literature, descended into civil strife, when the themes and point-of-view of Lucanus really resonated. Never was this more the case than in the seventeenth century, when this copy was printed. First there was the final emergence of the Netherlands from under the yoke of Habsburg rule, and then there was the English Civil War, just to mention two instances both highly germane to the edition at hand. Thus the notes by Grotius and Modern calf with a black spine label and marbled endpapers. The work is incomplete and breaks off during the tenth book which Lucanus was still working on when he was forced to commit suicide. The binding is tight. Some leaves with more toning than others but overall quite clean. There are leaves in which the margins are parlously tight or the header is even close to being partially cut-off -- this is the upshot of the compact size of the copy and was the way the copy was issued over three centuries ago. This particular edition is not mentioned in Brunet. Bookseller Inventory # 001379

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Title: Pharsalia. Sive De Bello Civili Casaris et ...

Publisher: Apud Janssonio Waesbergios, Amsterdam

Publication Date: 1681

Binding: Full Calf

Book Condition:Very Good

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