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Marcus Annaeus Lucanus (3 November AD 39 – 30 April AD 65), better known in English as Lucan (), was a Roman poet, born in Corduba, Hispania Baetica (present-day Córdoba, Spain). He is regarded as one of the outstanding figures of the Imperial Latin period, known in particular for his epic Pharsalia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lucan has received more than 485,392 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Lucan is the 300th most popular writer (down from 297th in 2019), the 73rd most popular biography from Spain (down from 72nd in 2019) and the 9th most popular Spanish Writer.

Lucan is most famous for his poem "Pharsalia" which tells the story of the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey.

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Notable Works

M. Annaei Lucani Belli civilis, liber septimus
La Pharsale
The civil war (Pharsalia)
Pharsalus, Battle of, Farsala, Greece, 48 B.C.


Among writers, Lucan ranks 300 out of 7,302Before him are Colette, Sayyid Qutb, Anne Brontë, Jon Fosse, Heinrich von Kleist, and Claude Simon. After him are Elfriede Jelinek, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Carlos Castaneda, Pierre Beaumarchais, Chrétien de Troyes, and Gabriele D'Annunzio.

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Among people born in 39, Lucan ranks 1After him is Julia Drusilla. Among people deceased in 65, Lucan ranks 2Before him is Seneca the Younger. After him are Poppaea Sabina, Simon Magus, Gaius Calpurnius Piso, and Lucius Junius Gallio Annaeanus.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, Lucan ranks 73 out of 3,355Before him are Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600), Alfonso XII of Spain (1857), Bartolomé de las Casas (1484), Luis Aragonés (1938), Alfonso X of Castile (1221), and Plácido Domingo (1941). After him are Amancio Ortega (1936), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475), Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba (1507), Juan Gris (1887), Roderic (688), and Antonio Banderas (1960).

Among WRITERS In Spain

Among writers born in Spain, Lucan ranks 9Before him are Joan Fuster (1922), Lope de Vega (1562), Quintilian (35), Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600), Bartolomé de las Casas (1484), and Alfonso X of Castile (1221). After him are Seneca the Elder (-54), Martial (40), Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881), Henry IV of Castile (1425), Francisco de Quevedo (1584), and Gaius Julius Hyginus (-64).