Although it was labeled an anti-epic for trumping the celebratory scope of the Roman national epos, Lucan’s
Bellum Civile is a hymn to lost republican liberty composed under Nero’s tyrannical empire. Lucan lost his life in a foiled conspiracy to replace the emperor, but his poem survived the wreckage of antiquity and enjoyed uninterrupted readership. The present collection samples the most current approaches to Lucan’s poem, its themes, its dialogue with other texts, its reception in medieval and early modern literature, and its relevance to audiences of all times.
Paolo Asso, Ph.D. (2002) in Classics, Princeton University, is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has recently published an edition, with translation and commentary, of Lucan,
Bellum Civile, Book 4 (Berlin, 2010). As a 2011-12 fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, he is writing a monograph on Africa in the Roman literary imagination.
Contributors: Elaine Fantham, Joseph D. Reed, Jonathan Tracy, Jackie Murray, Sergio Casali, Alison Keith, Ruth Caston, Eleni Manolaraki, Antony Augoustakis, J. Mira Seo, Ben Tipping, Marco Fucecchi, Neil Bernstein, Christine Walde, Shadi Bartsch, Robert Sklenář, Randall Ganiban, Sean Easton, Mark Thorne, Paolo Asso, Micah Y. Myers, Neil Coffee, Carole Newlands, Paolo Esposito, Edoardo D’Angelo, Simone Marchesi, Philip Hardie , Susanna Braund, Francesca D’Alessandro Behr, and John Henderson.
Der Band liefert [...]
in gewaltiger inhaltlicher Fülle substantielle und durchaus auch kontroverse Forschungsbeiträge auf hohem Niveau und ist daher jedem Lucan-Forscher zu empfehlen." Nadja Kimmerle in
Sehepunkte 12, 2012
Scholars and students in ancient Greek and Latin literature, as well as medieval and early modern studies, intellectual history, reception of classical antiquity and the classical tradition.