Marcus Annaeus Lucanus (39 - 65 AD) was a Latin poet born in Cordoba, Spain, and the nephew of the philosopher Seneca. Prominent in the reign of Nero, he was later forced to kill himself when he was discovered to be involved in a plot against the emperor.
Lucans poems, though sometimes critized for their severe and somewhat choppy style, provided a significant influence especially to medieval writers. His epic poem Bellum Civile (on the civil war between Caesar and Pompey), also called Pharsilia, was unfinished at his death, and survives in part.
Did you know...?
Among those forced to commit suicide in connection with the Pisonian conspiracy to overthrow Nero were Seneca, Lucan, Petronius, and Tigellinus.