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Plutarch's Lives, Vol 2 by Plutarch
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Sep 28, 2009

bookshelves: politics, philosophy

Plutarch does for biography what Herodotus does for history. He organizes it into a coherent narrative, blending specific examples of a person's known conduct with a wide variety of secondary information, some of which is obviously hearsay, all in an attempt to roughly nail down a series of individuals. The mini-biography format is actually pretty original and each one is easily digestable in an hour or two. He's obviously still very concerned with classical virtues and ideals, which do color the writing in ways which can oftento verge on propoganda. I think of this as more of a good reference book to dip into occasionalyl as opposed to something you just read cover to cover at one time.
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