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The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, Volume I the Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, Volume II the Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

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Plutarch's "Parallel Lives, " written at the beginning of the second century A.D., form a brilliant social history of the ancient world. They were originally presented in a series of books that gave an account of one Greek and one Roman life, followed by a comparison of the two: Theseus and Romulus, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, Demosthenes and Cicero, Demetrius and Antony. P ...more
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Published November 1st 2000 by Modern Library
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Clif Hostetler
"Lives" (a.k.a The Lives of the Great Greeks & Romans or Parallel Lives) is a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to facilitate the comparison their common characteristics. The first century AD author, Plutarch, states that his goal in writing is primarily to compare the influence of character on the lives and destinies of their respective cultural and political worlds. Indeed he does devote much of his writing to interesting anecdotes and incidental trivial ...more
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As long as you've got a taste for epics this is great stuff. Its thirty six biographies of ancient greeks and romans as told by a slightly less ancient greek (Plutarch). Usually a greek and a roman with similar aspects of character or life story will be paired together, have their individual stories told, and then be compared. There is tons of social, political, scientific and philosophical context lurking among the lives. Whats most striking is how little government and social behavior has chan ...more
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Check in particular the biography on Alexander the Great
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Plutarch (Greek: Πλούταρχος) later named, on his becoming a Roman citizen, Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus (Greek: Λούκιος Μέστριος Πλούταρχος) c. AD 46 - 120, was a Greek biographer, essayist, priest, ambassador, magistrate, and Middle Platonist. Plutarch was born to a prominent family in Chaeronea, Boeotia, a town about twenty miles east of Delphi. His oeuvre consists of the Parallel Lives and the Mo ...more
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