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Pharsalus (färˈsäləs) [key], ancient city, Thessaly, Greece. Near there in 48 B.C., Julius Caesar decisively defeated Pompey, who had a much larger force. Lucan's Bellum Civile (often called Pharsalia ) is an epic of the civil war.

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