Roman Lives

Roman Lives : A Selection of Eight Lives

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Marcus Cato Sulla Aemilius Paullus Pompey The Gracchi Marius Julius Caesar Anthony '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 eight lives of this collection Plutarch introduces the reader to the major figures and periods of classical Rome. 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 27.94mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • maps
  • 019282502X
  • 9780192825025
  • 1,024,795

About Plutarch

Philip A Stadter is Falk Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.show more

Review Text

Plutarch was a 1st-century Roman historian and teacher living in Greece, who wrote his Parallel Lives of the great men of the classical world not just as a biographical record but in order to exhort decent government and high standards of personal behaviour. The result is an enduring historical sourced which tells us a great deal about Roman ideals at the height of the Empire as viewed by a literate, compassionate man. This direct and readable translation of eight Roman lives has an excellent introduction and gains over other selections in its detailed apparatus of notes, maps and indices. It is a fine introduction to Plutarch as a writer, and the lives of Pompey, Caesar and Mark Antony will be useful to literature students. (Kirkus UK)show more

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