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By (author) Plutarch, Introduction by Ian Kidd, Edited by Ian Kidd, Translated by Robin Waterfield

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  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 198mm x 28mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 6 April 1993
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140445641
  • ISBN 13: 9780140445640
  • Sales rank: 101,075

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One of the greatest essayists of the Graeco-Roman world, Plutarch (c. AD 46 -120) used an encyclopedic knowledge of the Roman Empire to produce a compelling and individual voice. In this superb selection from his writings, he offers personal insights into moral subjects that include the virtue of listening, the danger of flattery and the avoidance of anger, alongside more speculative essays on themes as diverse as God's slowness to punish man, the use of reason by supposedly irrational' animals and the death of his own daughter. Brilliantly informed, these essays offer a treasure-trove of ancient wisdom, myth and philosophy, and a powerful insight into a deeply intelligent man.

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PLUTARCH (circa 45 - 125 A.D.) Plutarch is known to have written 227 works of various sorts. Of these, Parallel Lives and Morals have been the most influential for later generations

Table of contents

On listening; how to distinguish a flatterer from a friend; on being aware of moral progress; whether military or intellectual exploits have brought Athens more fame; on the avoidance of anger; on contentment; on God's slowness to punish; on Socrates' personal diety; in consolation to his wife; on the use of reason by "irrational" animals.