The Pharsalia Summary & Study Guide

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The unfinished Pharsalia narrates the Roman Civil War's first phase, which ended almost thirty years later in the victory of Caesar's grandnephew Octavius (Augustus), over the forces of Mark Anthony and the Egyptian queen Cleopatra at the naval battle of Actium. It breaks off with Caesar trapped in Alexandria by the Egyptians.

Book Two

Mothers and wives besiege the altars with prayer. The men prepare for war. An old man who had lived through their horrors recalls the civil war between Marius and Sulla. His picture of the butchery in Rome will be matched by the horrors of the sea fight at Massila (Marseille). Brutus goes to Cato for advice. Cato tells him he intends to join Pompey's side to protect the republic. Marcia, Cato's former wife, arrives from the funeral of her husband, Cato's friend whom she had married at Cato's request to give the man...

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