Lucans Poetische Technik

Studien zum historischen Epos


The present volume on Lucan’s poetical technique focusses on the main artistic principles of the Pharsalia, studying both the underlying history of the Civil War and its poetical reworking by the author. A chapter on Lucan's historical source (Livy) is followed by a chapter on Lucan's poetical technique and the general outline of his work. The material basis for these chapters is provided by a detailed analysis of every single book of the Pharsalia, which takes the form of a "historical-poetical" commentary. The study closes with a chapter on the narrator and the author.
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Biographical Note

Jan Radicke, PD Dr. (2003) in Classics, University of Göttingen, is at the moment Humboldt-scholar at the University of Tor Vergata, Rome. He has published on Demosthenes and the Greek Imperial Biographers, FGrHist IV a 7 (Brill, 1997).

Review Quotes

“...I recommend this book as a good reference guide into Lucan's historical sources, a valuable addition to the library of any lover of Lucan's poem.” – Antony Augoustakis, in: BMCR (2005)


All those interested in Lucan, in classical poetry, in the history of the Civil Wars.


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