Plutarch's Lives, Volume 10

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Harvard University Press, 1921 - Biography

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Demosthenes and Cicero both known largely for oratory and politics. Alexander and Caesar both know for military prowess. Interesting both as works in their own right and as known sources for later writers such as Shakespeare. Read full review

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Page 127 - BC] forbidding the holding by one person of more than five-hundred iugera [330 acres] of land. For a short time this enactment gave a check to the rapacity of the rich, and was of assistance to the poor, who remained in their places on the land which they had rented and occupied the allotment which each had held from the outset. But later on, the...
Page 191 - She had many friends, and kept a good table that she might show hospitality, for she always had Greeks and other literary men about her, and all the reigning kings interchanged gifts with her
Page 143 - Eudemus had presented the tribune with a royal diadem and a purple robe, believing that he was going to be king in Rome.
Page 129 - Numantia, and observed the dearth of inhabitants in the country, and that those who tilled its soil or tended its flocks there were imported barbarian slaves, he then first conceived the public policy which was the cause of countless ills to the two brothers.
Page 263 - Nt/ctos eye. For ravens which chanced to be flying overhead fell down into the stadium. The cause of this was the rupture of the air ; for when the voice is borne aloft loud and strong, the air is rent asunder by it and will not support flying creatures, but lets them fall, as if they were over a vacuum, unless, indeed, they are transfixed by a sort of blow, as of a weapon, and fall down dead.1 It is possible, too, that in such cases there is a whirling motion of the air, which becomes like a waterspout...
Page 149 - ... by a unanimous vote. And again, nothing is so sacred and inviolate as objects consecrated to the gods ; and yet no one has hindered the people from using such objects, or moving them, or changing their position in such manner as may be desired. It is therefore permissible for the people to transfer the tribunate also, as a consecrated thing, from one man to- another. And that the office is not inviolable or irremovable is plain from the fact that many times men holding it resign it under oath...
Page 139 - Octavius was not altogether untouched or unmoved ; his eyes filled with tears and he stood silent for a long time. But when he turned his gaze towards the men of wealth and substance who were standing in a body together, his awe of them, as it would seem, and his fear of ill repute among them, led him to take every risk with boldness and bid Tiberius do what he pleased. And so the law was passed, and Tiberius ordered one of his freedmen to drag Octavius from the rostra; for Tiberius used his freedmen...
Page 143 - ... with whom Eudemus had hastened to communicate on account of his position as representative of the people and because the father of the tribune had visited the court of Pergamon in 165. After Tiberius had come to an understanding with Eudemus he introduced a bill providing that the money of the king, when brought to Rome, should be given to the citizens who received a parcel of the public land, to aid them in stocking and tilling their farms.
Page 23 - Leónidas is reported as reasoning that "he would be compelled to do as Agis had done, and would not get the same gratitude for it among the citizens, but that if all alike made their property a part of the common fund the honor for it would be given to him alone who had led the way
Page 130 - The wild beasts that roam over Italy have every one of them a cave or lair to lurk in; but the men who fight and die for Italy enjoy the common air and light, indeed, but nothing else; houseless and homeless they wander about with their wives and children.

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