LUCAN° (Marcus Annaeus Lucanus; 39–65 C.E.), Roman epic poet, the nephew of *Seneca the Younger. In his Bellum Civile (ii, 592–3) he, like Varro, *Tacitus, and others, describes the Jews as devoted to the rites of an unseen (or indefinite) God (incertus deus). Elsewhere, he mentions the military help sent by Idumeans to Pompey.


M. Stern, Greek and Latin Authors on Jews and Judaism, vol. 1 (1974), 438–40.

[Jacob Petroff /

Shimon Gibson (2nd ed.)]

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