Plutarch


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in Chaeronea, Boeotia, Greece
January 23, 0050

Died
January 12, 0127

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Plutarch, later named, upon becoming a Roman citizen, Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus; (AD 46 – AD 120) was a Greek historian, biographer, and essayist, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. He is classified as a Middle Platonist. Plutarch's surviving works were written in Greek, but intended for both Greek and Roman readers.



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Plutarch's Lives: Volume I

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The Fall of the Roman Republic

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Plutarch's Lives: Volume II

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Makers of Rome

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The Age of Alexander: Nine ...

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The Rise and Fall of Athens...

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On Sparta

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Parallel Lives

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Plutarch's Lives: Volume I Plutarch's Lives: Volume II
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Lives, Volume I: Theseus an... Lives, Volume II: Themistoc... Pericles and Fabius Maximus... Lives, Volume IV: Alcibiade... Agesilaus and Pompey. Pelop... Dion and Brutus. Timoleon a... Demosthenes and Cicero. Ale...
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Greek Lives
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Oeuvres Morales, Tome I-1 ;... Oeuvres Morales, Tome I-2 ;... Oeuvres morales, Tome II ; ... Oeuvres Morales, Tome III ;... Oeuvres Morales, Tome IV: T... Oeuvres Morales, Tome V-1 ;... Isis and Osiris
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“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
Plutarch

“I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.”
Plutarch

“A human body in no way resembles those that were born for ravenousness; it hath no hawk’s bill, no sharp talon, no roughness of teeth, no such strength of stomach or heat of digestion, as can be sufficient to convert or alter such heavy and fleshy fare. But if you will contend that you were born to an inclination to such food as you have now a mind to eat, do you then yourself kill what you would eat. But do it yourself, without the help of a chopping-knife, mallet or axe, as wolves, bears, and lions do, who kill and eat at once. Rend an ox with thy teeth, worry a hog with thy mouth, tear a lamb or a hare in pieces, and fall on and eat it alive as they do. But if thou had rather stay until what thou eat is to become dead, and if thou art loath to force a soul out of its body, why then dost thou against nature eat an animate thing? There is nobody that is willing to eat even a lifeless and a dead thing even as it is; so they boil it, and roast it, and alter it by fire and medicines, as it were, changing and quenching the slaughtered gore with thousands of sweet sauces, that the palate being thereby deceived may admit of such uncouth fare.”
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