Plutarch's Lives, Volume 1

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Modern Library, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 784 pages
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Plutarch's Lives, written at the beginning of the second century A.D., is a brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers and moralists of all time. In what is by far his most famous and influential work, Plutarch reveals the character and personality of his subjects and how they led ultimately to tragedy or victory. Richly anecdotal and full of detail, Volume I contains profiles and comparisons of Romulus and Theseus, Numa and Lycurgus, Fabius and Pericles, and many more powerful figures of ancient Greece and Rome.

The present translation, originally published in 1683 in conjunction with a life of Plutarch by John Dryden, was revised in 1864 by the poet and scholar Arthur Hugh Clough, whose notes and preface are also included in this edition.

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This is a wonderful introduction to classical Greece. - Goodreads
Difficult to read, interesting just the same. - Goodreads
Plutarch has a unique insight into the human condition. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Steve Hemmeke - Goodreads

I only read the first six or so lives, not the whole thing. Plutarch, a Greek living in Roman times, compares famous Greeks and Romans. His focus is political and military. How does one shape the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Russell - Goodreads

This book made me thought I forgot how to read. I kept looking at the letters that made up words and saying them in my head like I do with EVERY OTHER BOOK, but still the meaning would not show up ... Read full review



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James Atlas is the author of Bellow: A Biography and is the general editor of the Penguin Lives series. He lives in New York City.

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