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Title: Cath Catharda. Irlandzka wersja Bellum Civile Marka Anneusza Lukana? Wprowadzenie do tematu
Other Titles: Cath Catharda. An Irish version of Bellum Civile by Marcus Annaeus Lucanus?
Authors: Bartnik, Agnieszka
Keywords: Cath Catharda
Bellum Civile
Roman poetry
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół Nauk
Citation: Symbolae Philologorum Posnaniensium, 2011, nr XXI/2, s. 27-40
Abstract: In the paper the author advances thesis that prose composition Cath Catharda can be an Irish version of Bellum Civile by Marcus Annaeus Lukanus. The Irish text, which consists of twenty one chapters preserved till nowadays in the form of in eight manuscripts shows surprising similarity to the Songs I-VII from the Lucanus’ work. Similarities do not only concern the choice of episodes, but also specific expressions, definitions, which in fact are identical.
Description: The Irish literary legacy, as well as the Greek and Roman ones, belongs to one of the oldest legacies in Europe. Among numerous, preserved till nowadays Irish texts, the work Cath Catharda seems to be particularly interesting. The work is about the civil war in Rome, which took place in 49–47 B.C. and seems to be an Irish version of Bellum Civile by Lukanus. The text is divided into twenty one chapters, which quite exactly copy information, which can be fund in Lucanus’ Songs I – VII. Only the first two chapters of the Irish work do not refer to the Roman poem, as they are peculiar introduction to political situation in Rome and a story about Caesar’s Invasion of Britain. The chapters 3–21 are closely connected with Songs included in Bellum Civile. Slight differences which can be noticed in the Irish text are result of the fact that the text is written in prose and specificity of language. In general Cath Catharda is a very precise copy of Bellum Civile.
ISBN: 978-83-7654-181-5
ISSN: 0302-7384
Appears in Collections:Symbolae Philologorum Posnaniensium, 2011, nr XXI/2

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