The Pharsalia Characters

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Achillas

The Egyptian official who kills Pompey on the order of the Pharaoh Ptolomy and his council. He is later executed by the Egyptian princess Arsinoe.

Arruns

The oldest of the Etruscan seers, he is called to Rome in Book I to perform the traditional rites of divination. When he inspects the internal organs of the bull sacrificed to the gods, he discovers that "What we fear is unspeakable, but worse will follow."

Brutus

A Roman senator and follower of Stoicism. He is a descendant of Brutus the first Consul who drove the tyrant king Tarquin Superbus out of Rome and founded the Republic. At first, he intends to join neither side to avoid the guilt of civil war and to free himself to deal with the winner, whether Pompey or Caesar, until Cato convinces him to join Pompey's camp. He sets himself of being the enemy. Brutus was...

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