Greek Lives

Greek Lives

Paperback Oxford World's Classics

By (author) Plutarch, Translated by Robin Waterfield, Volume editor Philip A. Stadter

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  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 196mm x 23mm | 349g
  • Publication date: 4 February 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192825011
  • ISBN 13: 9780192825018
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 3 maps
  • Sales rank: 829,501

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Lycurgus, Pericles, Solon, Nicias, Themistocles, Alcibiades, Cimon, Agesilaus, Alexander 'I treat the narrative of the Lives as a kind of mirror...The experience is like nothing so much as spending time in their company and living with them: I receive and welcome each of them in turn as my guest.' In the nine lives of this collection Plutarch introduces the reader to the major figures and periods of classical Greece. He portrays virtues to be emulated and vices to be avoided, but his purpose is also implicitly to educate and warn those in his own day who wielded power. In prose that is rich, elegant and sprinkled with learned references, he explores with an extraordinary degree of insight the interplay of character and political action. While drawing chiefly on historical sources, he brings to biography a natural story-teller's ear for a good anecdote. Throughout the ages Plutarch's Lives have been valued for their historical value and their charm. This new translation will introduce new generations to his urbane erudition. The most comprehensive selection available, it is accompanied by a lucid introduction, explanatory notes, bibliographies, maps and indexes.

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IN ADDITION TO USUAL OWC APPARATUS: 3 MAPS, APPENDIX ON MEASURES OF MONEY, WEIGHT, CAPACITY, LENGTH, INDEX OF LITERARY AND HISTORICAL SOURCES CITED BY PLUTARCH, INDEX OF PROPER NAMES