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The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek…

The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives (1960)

by Plutarch, Plutarch

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The nines lives translated here start with Theseus the legendary hero, and end with Lysander, the Spartan General who pulled down the walls of Athens to the sound of flutes, to signify the end of the Peloponnesian War. Ian Scot-Kilverts wrinting flows well. The Penguin series of Plutarch's Lives does not contain all the Biographies, and doesn't have the essays explaining the chosen lives that one finds in the Dryden translation found in the "Great Books of the Western World Series. If you want completeness, go there. Use this smaller book for a themed read. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Oct 25, 2013 |
The nine lives translated here and arranged in chronical order follow the history of Athens.
  HanoarHatzioni | Jun 8, 2009 |
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(Introduction by Ian Scott-Kilvert): Sir Thomas North entitled his great translation of Plutarch The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans.
You know, Sosius Senecio, how geographers, when they come to deal with those parts of the earth which know nothing about, crowd them into the margins of their maps with the explanation, 'Beyond this lie sandy waterless deserts full of wild beasts,' or 'trackless swamps,' or 'Scythian snows,' or 'ice-locked sea.'
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Collects the lives of Theseus, Solon, Themistocles, Aristides, Cimon, Pericles, Nicias, Alcibiades, and Lysander.
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