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Lucullus : A Life - Arthur Keaveney

Hardcover Published: 14th August 1992
ISBN: 9780415032193
Number Of Pages: 288

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In antiquity Lucullus was indisputably a great general, one to be numbered with alongside Sulla and Pompey. "Lucullus" narrates the great Asiatic campaigns upon which his military repute chiefly rests. Despite his reputation, some ancient traditions suggest that when the wars were done Lucullus became an overweight degenerate, a miserable trifler devoting his time to banquets, baths and the building of follies. Arthur Keaveney explodes this myth, arguing that Lucullus' leisure activities were the outward expression of an aesthetic impulse, not simply of weak self-indulgence. He demonstrates that Lucullus was highly active in public spheres up until the very end of his life.
Sulla, one of the Republic's great dictators, was a major influence on the life and political outlook of Lucullus. The general and his friends aimed to carry the Sullan political ideal and constitutional arrangements into the next generation. This book details Lucullus' fight to do this, showing how and why he ultimately failed. Keaveney suggests that he may be viewed as a paradigm of the age in which he lived. Inheritor of the Sullan ideal, Lucullus' failure is also its failure--in one man is embodied a whole class and its melancholy fate.
This is the first full length study of this most interesting figure to be undertaken in English. Lucullus offers a thoroughly revisionist account of this ruler--dispelling many of the wild fictions which have accumulated around his name.

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"Fully documented, clearly written, and forcefully argued, Keaveney's controversial biography, the only one in English, will interest students and scholars alike." -"Choice

Lucius Licinius Lucullus and the Lucullip. 1
Master and pupilp. 15
The politic manp. 32
The consulshipp. 51
Confronting the king: the war with Mithridatesp. 75
Confronting the king: the war with Tigranesp. 99
The life of a sponge?p. 129
'...retired Leisure that in trim gardens takes his pleasure'p. 143
Lucius Licinius Lucullus and his agep. 166
Appendix 1: Asia 81-79p. 182
Appendix 2: When did the Third Mithridatic War begin?p. 188
Notesp. 206
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 268
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ISBN: 9780415032193
ISBN-10: 0415032199
Series: Classical Lives
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 14th August 1992
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1