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Origin of the name LUCAN.
Etymology of the name LUCAN.
Meaning of the baby name LUCAN.


LUCAN.  Arthurian.  A butler of Arthur's.  From Latin Lucanus (q.v.), meaning "of Lucania."

Lucan (Sir), sometimes called "sir Lucas," butler of king Arthur, and a knight of the Round Table.—Sir T. Malory, History of Prince Arthur ("Lucan," ii. 160; "Lucas," ii. 78; 1470). (Reader's Handbook of Famous Names in Fiction, &c., Brewer, 1910)

... Nothing has for some time past been more loudly demanded in learned and literary circles than a good edition of Lucan.  In spite of the glaring faults which disfigure the poet's style, his hollow rhetoric hiding deep ignorance of men and things, his gross violations of good taste, his want of all eye for proportion, his inability to make an interesting narrative or to draw a really consistent character, Lucan will always be read, and though a youthful poet and with all the faults of youth, will probably be read by grown men rather than by the young.  It is not merely the interest which attaches to his brilliant career and tragic end, not merely the historical importance of the epoch to which he belongs and in the events of which he was so much concerned, that made his writings classical in the first century, and will always keep them so.  There is more than this:  Lucan was a real poet.  Only a poet could have written, for instance, saevumque arte complexa dolorem Perfruitur lacrimis et amat pro coniuge luctum.  He had the native intuitions of the poetical genius—a love of nature (witness his similes), a soaring spirit attracted by lofty speculations, a mastery of language and a style all his own... (The Classical Review, 1901)


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