Columbia University, studies in classical philology. The bellum civile. Edited with introduction, commentary, and translation by Florence Theodora Baldwin
The Bellum Civile is a Roman epic poem written by the poet Lucan in the late first century AD. It is a retelling of a significant episode in Roman history, that of the civil war between Pompey and Julius Caesar. In this composite edition, Baldwin Petronius Arbiter, a writer and friend of Nero's, offers a lively account of the civil wars between Caesar and Pompey. His work includes discussions on public life, prominent figures in the Republican era, and the Senate's role in the Civil War.The Bellum Civile, translated by Florence Theodora Baldwin, is the only surviving work of Petronius Arbiter. The Bellum Civile is an unpublished philosophical dialogue that explores the concepts of freedom and slavery in antiquity. The text is framed as a mock discussion between two slaves owned by different masters. Petronius's ideas have been lost to history for centuries until they were rediscovered in this translation published by Columbia University Press.