Plutarch of Chaeronea is one of the great storytellers of antiquity, a writer whose ability to create unforgettable scenes matches the grandeur of his subject matter. The heroes of his Lives were the great men of antiquity, often greatly flawed, but with tragic depth and epic stature. Thomas North's translation, one of the most splendid works of sixteenth-century English prose, presents a vigorous and passionate version of the Lives whose qualities so attracted Shakespeare that he used North as his major source for Julius Caesar, Coriolanus and Antony & Cleopatra. This collection includes all the Lives which Shakespeare used and a selection of others which aim to show the variety and range of Plutarch's writing.
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Life oj Theseus
Life of Romulus
Comparison of Theseus with Romulus
Life of Coriolanus
Comparison of Alcibiades with Coriolanus
Life of Crassus 333
Life offulius Caesar
Life of Demosthenes
Life of Cicero
Comparison of Cicero with Demosthenes
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