Cutting Down the Grove in Lucan, Valerius Maximus, and Dio Cassius

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The article focuses on how Caesar's deforestation of the sacred Druidic grove was interpreted by Lucan, Valerius Maximus and Dio Cassius. He approach the episode of the cutting down of trees in the sacred grove by considering a parallel scene from the Caesarian tradition as reported by Maximus and Dio. He argues that Lucan draws on the tradition preserved in the accounts of death on one of Caesar's assassin called Turullius, by Maximus and Dio.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)634-638
Number of pages5
JournalClassical Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


  • LUCANUS, Marcus Annaeus
  • VALERIUS Maximus, fl. 30 A.D.
  • CASSIUS Dio Cocceianus, d. 235
  • SACRED groves


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