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Lucan's  only  surviving  work,  De  Bello  Civili,  more  generally  known  as  the  Pharsalia, 
is  an  epic  poem  about  the  civil  war  between  Julius  Caesar  and  Pompey  the  Great. 
The  title  given  by  posterity  to  the  poem  refers  to  the  Battle  of  Pharsalus,  which  took 
place  in  48  BC  near  the  city  of  Pharsalus,  in  Thessaly.  The  work  is  important  as  an 
example  of  Roman  Historic  Epic,  since  divine  intervention  plays  little  part  in  the 
narrative  and  very  few  supernatural  occurrences  happen  in  the  story.  Lucan's  Civil 
War  is  considered  a  major  expression  of  literature  from  the  Neronian  times,  and  has 
attracted  renewed  scholarly  attention  in  the  past  decades.  The  work  remains 
unfinished,  due  to  the  untimely  death  of  its  author. 


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Image:  Ceasar  after  the  victory  over  Pompey,  14th  century  manuscript,  Niccold  da  Bologna. 
Cover  designed  by  Avail le.  This  design  is  in  the  public  domain.