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    (November 3, 39-April 30, 65)
    Born in Cordoba, Spain
    Full name was Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
    Nephew of Seneca
    Wrote the epic poem 'Pharsalia' ('On the Civil War')
    His contemporaries mention a lot of other works by him, none of which survived.
    'Pharsalia' was never completed.
    He originally was best buds with Emperor Nero, who appointed him to a political office when he was below the legal age.
    After a falling out, he joined an unsuccessful conspiracy to assassinate Nero.
    In hopes of obtaining a pardon, he named other conspirators, including his mother.
    It didn't work and he was ordered to commit suicide.
    He praised the Roman Republic in 'Pharsalia,' which may have been the cause of his feud with Nero.
    While bleeding to death, he recited a poem he wrote about a soldier dying the same way.
    Despite being ratted out, his mother survived the crackdown that followed the assassination plot.
    After Nero died, Lucan's birthday was celebrated as a public festival.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley and Robert Southey considered him a superior poet to Virgil.

Credit: C. Fishel

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