Pharsalia

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin Pharsālia (the region of Pharsalus), borrowed as a title for Lucan's poem from a line in the work itself: “Pharsālia nostra / vīvet” (“Our Pharsalia / will live”, book 9, lines 985–6). The original Latin title was Dē Bellō Cīvīlī (On the Civil War).

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Pharsalia

  1. An epic poem by the Roman poet Lucan describing Caesar's Civil War.
  2. (historical) The Battle of Pharsalus of 48 B.C.E.
    • 1931, Ernst Kantorowicz, Emily Lorimer, transl., Frederick the Second, page 202:
      [] much as Caesar's tale of portents on the day of Pharsalia, showed Caesar in harmony with the Roman Pantheon.
  3. (historical) The region around Pharsalus (modern Farsala), a Greek town.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek Φᾰρσᾱλῐ́ᾱ (Pharsālíā).

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Proper noun[edit]

Pharsālia f sg (genitive Pharsāliae); first declension

  1. The region around Pharsalus.
  2. The Battle of Pharsalus of 48 B.C.E.
  3. Lucan's poem, the Pharsalia.

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun, singular only.

Case Singular
Nominative Pharsālia
Genitive Pharsāliae
Dative Pharsāliae
Accusative Pharsāliam
Ablative Pharsāliā
Vocative Pharsālia

References[edit]

  • Pharsalia in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934
  • Pharsalia in Harry Thurston Peck, editor, Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1898