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"Halfway through the biography of Caius Marius right now. Must admit, this book is not easy going, and the translation shows its age, although there are moments of beauty and lucidity and statements of a very high spirit. This translation would be much improved by footnotes." Jan 30, 2015 06:24AM

 

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Lian-yi is on page 240 of 464 of Rubicon: Reading this in parallel with Plutarch's Lives, as I am doing, is helpful. Many of the Roman characters overlap. Both Holland and Plutarch are moralizers, well, all historians and biographers worth reading are. On literary and philosophical merit Plutarch certainly exceeds Holland. I do not know about historical accuracy but I think both are happy to play with facts to suit a narrative.
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