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 (fär-sā′ləs, fär′sä-)
An ancient city of Thessaly in northeast Greece. Julius Caesar decisively defeated Pompey nearby in 48 bc.
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(Placename) an ancient town in Thessaly in N Greece. Several major battles were fought nearby, including Caesar's victory over Pompey (48bc)
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(fɑrˈseɪ ləs)

an ancient city in central Greece, in Thessaly: site of Caesar's victory over Pompey, 48 b.c.
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Pharsalus is a proof of this, where, though the place is small, yet the citizens have great power, from the prudent use they make of it.
Cassius Dio paints the picture so elegantly in his 'Roman History': 'Because of the insatiable lust for power' by these former allies, 'Rome was being compelled to fight both in her own defense and against herself, so that even if victorious, she would be vanquished.' And at the battle of Pharsalus in 48 BC, Caesar saw the end of Pompey, his former ally.
From the first so-called phenomenological phase, Le Nouveau Roman evolved into a profoundly structuralist prose, where all possible extra-textual references were reduced to what Ricardou called "la bataille de la phrase" ("the battle of the phrase") (1971,119) in his reading of Claude Simon's The Battle at Pharsalus (La bataille de Pharsale, 1969).
The paper reports the results of a resident survey conducted to crystallize the views of the residents at Pharsalus, a town consisted of approximately 9,000 inhabitants in the region of Thessaly, central Greece.
Apostrophe also, which consists in the diversion of our address from the judge, is wonderfully stirring, whether we attack our adversary as in the passage, "What was that sword of yours doing, Tubero, in the field of Pharsalus?" or turn to make some invocation such as, "For I appeal to you, hills and groves of Alba," or to entreaty that will bring odium on our opponents, as in the cry "O Porcian and Sempronian laws." But the term apostrophe is also applied to utterances that divert the attention of the hearer from the question before them.
Classics scholars from Europe, Australia, and the US discuss writers like Lucretius, Eratosthenes, Strabo, Aelius Aristides, Seneca, Pindar, and Ovid, and places like Mount Etna, Teuthrania and Pergamon, the Alban Hills, central Greece, the battle of Actium, the Troad, Thessaly, Augustan Rome, the Black Sea region, the battle of Pharsalus, Attica, and the walls of Thebes.
Labienus, a prominent figure in Caesar's writings, appears only to deliver an account of Pompey's defeat at Pharsalus to the court of Ptolomy.
While rules and conventions have been devised to make competition less brutal, victory and defeat establish innocence and guilt respectively, as Lucan's Julius Caesar cynically points out to his troops that the battle of Pharsalus will establish "who took up arms more justly; this battle will make the loser guilty: quis iustius arma,/ sumpserit; haec acies victum factura nocentem est." (Pharsalia 7.259-60).
Nitrogen fixation potential of beans (Pharsalus vulgaris L.) compared with other grain legumes under controlled conditions.
He manages to provide a striking portrait of the mixed and ambivalent feelings of Caesar's and Pompeius' troops who were about to fight each other in the battle of Pharsalus (48 BC).
Caesar defeated Pompey at Pharsalus in 48 BCE but was assassinated by Brutus, Cassius, and other senators in 44 BCE.