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In my opinion, the best book of the ancient world. Biographies of the greatest of the Greeks juxtaposed with the greatest of the Romans to teach that virtue is a noble pursuit. Very entertaining. One of my favorite books of all time. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
This book was a massive undertaking, but worth it. Fifty Greek and Roman leaders are described in mini-biographies by Plutarch. It was enlightening to me to see the difference between societies at that time, and our modern world. The similarities were also striking, given the current world violence we now try to tell ourselves is so unnatural and immoral.
It's becoming clear to me that the reason Greek and Roman history is so prevalent in our history classes, and in our way of thinking, is simply because the Greeks were the first to have a true alphabet. The first to record their history, at least in a way that has mostly survived. I can't help but think what a pity it is that other societies histories, of the Trojans, or of the "barbarians" of Northern Europe, or even the Aztec's or the Maya are lost. ( )
2 vote pickwick817 | Jan 7, 2007 |
A very beautifully written translation. Be warned, however, that you will want to consult another source for any serious study, as Clough has taken some serious liberties with the text. ( )
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Plutarch's Lives, written at the beginning of the second century A.D., is a brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers and moralists of all time. In what is by far his most famous and influential work, Plutarch reveals the character and personality of his subjects and how they led ultimately to tragedy or victory. Richly anecdotal and full of detail, Volume I contains profiles and comparisons of Romulus and Theseus, Numa and Lycurgus, Fabius and Pericles, and many more powerful figures of ancient Greece and Rome.

The present translation, originally published in 1683 in conjunction with a life of Plutarch by John Dryden, was revised in 1864 by the poet and scholar Arthur Hugh Clough, whose notes and preface are also included in this edition.

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Offers biographies of Greek and Roman leaders and compares their personal qualities and accomplishments.

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