Greek Lives (Paperback)
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Short Description for Greek Lives A new translation of the Greek historian's text in the OXFORD WORLD'S CLASSICS series. This volume concentrates on the virtues and vices exhibited by Lycurgus, Pericles, Solon, Nicias, Themistocles, Alcibiades, Cimon, Agesilaus and Alexander, and illustrates the interplay of character and political action. The text is annotated.
- Published: 04 February 1999
- Format: Paperback 528 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780192825018 ISBN 10: 0192825011
- Sales rank: 760,883
Full description for Greek Lives
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.