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‘The Life and Campaigns of a Roman Conqueror’

June 26, 2017 – by Ohio Wesleyan University

These hot air balloons were captured during an early morning photographic shoot of Lucullus' battlefield landscape in Cappadocia, Turkey. The photo is included in classics professor Lee Fratantuono's forthcoming book. (Photo by Katie McGarr)

Ohio Wesleyan Classics Professor Writes about Lucullus in Latest Book

DELAWARE, Ohio – The latest book by Ohio Wesleyan University classics professor Lee Fratantuono, Ph.D., follows the footsteps of Roman Republican military and political hero Lucius Licinius Lucullus in both words and colorful images.

During the first century B.C., Lucullus served in the regions known today as Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Libya, and Armenia.

In Fratantuono’s new book, “Lucullus: The Life and Campaigns of a Roman Conqueror,” the author explores all aspects of the warrior’s life, beginning with his training and education, and emphasizing his military strategy and tactics in the Third Mithridatic War and Armenia. Fratantuono also discusses Lucullus’ reputation as a lover of luxury in light of Greek and Latin primary sources.

The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Ohio Wesleyan classics alumna and freelance photographer Katie McGarr, Class of 2010. McGarr traveled by boat, on foot, and in a Turkish hot air balloon to capture images as she followed in the footsteps of Lucullus across southern Europe and Cappadocia.Lucullus: The Life and Campaigns of a Roman Conqueror

Fratantuono and McGarr also collaborated on two of his previous books, “Tacitus: Annals XVI” and “The Battle of Actium.”

Fratantuono’s new book is the latest title in the “Pen & Sword Military” collection of historical studies of famous Greek and Roman military figures published in the United Kingdom.

Fratantuono, who joined the Ohio Wesleyan faculty in 2005, also serves as chair of the university’s Classics Program and as the William Francis Whitlock Professor of Latin. Fratantuono holds a doctorate in classical philology from Fordham University in New York.

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