• WHY LUCAN’S POMPEY IS BETTER OFF DEAD

    Author(s):
    Seán Easton (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome
    Subject(s):
    Classics, Latin literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    epic, Lucan
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M66V3R
    Abstract:
    The unexpected return of Lucan’s Pompey to civil war as a ghost (9.1–18) leads to newfound success vis-à-vis enemies and allies alike. The language and imagery of this postmortem narrative revisits the portrait of Pompey’s decline in Books 1–2, where it activates a latent theme of victorious return in spite of death. Pompey’s acts of possession as a ghost further intensify the impact of his return, insinuating his presence into the subsequent history of Roman resistance to Caesarism.
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    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 weeks ago
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