One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(AD 39–65), Roman poet, born in Spain; Latin name Marcus Annaeus Lucanus. He was forced to commit suicide after joining a conspiracy against Nero. His major work is Pharsalia, an epic in ten books dealing with the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey.
Relating to St. Luke.
- ‘Many assume that it received its definitive meaning from a series of post-crucifixion events, as recorded in the Lucan tradition.’
- ‘It may be closer to the synoptic tradition and especially to the Lucan tradition.’
Via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek Loukas ‘Luke’ + -an.
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