Encyclopedia Hermetica: A Big History (Parts 26-32)

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Stoicism and Lucan’s Civil War

Erichtho, the Necromancer Witch awaiting the slaughter at Pharsalus...

Are you into Silver Age Latin Epic?  My guess is probably not – but for the few of you who are (or who simply have an interest in that old crotchety philosophy called Stoicism), I’ve here posted a lecture about how the epic poet Lucan used some of the tenets of Stoic philosophy to get rid his poem of traditional gods, but still have an epic on par with Virgil or Homer (…well, OK, maybe not on par, but you get the idea).

Warning:  I have a couple untranslated Latin passages in this lecture, so if you’re not a Latin reader, bare with me – it won’t hurt you (much).