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Augustan Poetry and the Roman Republic$
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Joseph Farrell and Damien P. Nelis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587223.001.0001

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Caesar, Lucan, and the Massilian Marathonomachi

Caesar, Lucan, and the Massilian Marathonomachi

(p.146) 7 Caesar, Lucan, and the Massilian Marathonomachi a
Augustan Poetry and the Roman Republic

Jean-Christophe Jolivet

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This chapter shows how Lucan uses historiographical sources in his account of the sea battle at Marseille in book 3 of the Pharsalia. Behind this account of Romans fighting against a western Greek city lies the model of the Persian wars, with the tradition of praise bestowed on the victors at Marathon being reactivated on behalf of the Marseille forces. This chapter illustrates just one of the ways in which Lucan reworks Republican history in his dark early-imperial appraisal of the collapse of the Roman Republic.

Keywords:   lucan, civil war, athens, rome, massillia, marathon, persian wars

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