The Parallel Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans – Plutarch

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The Parallel Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans – Plutarch

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Title: Selected Lives, From The Parallel Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
Author: Plutarch, John Dryden (trans), George Sawbridge (illus)
ISBN: –
Publisher: The Franklin Library, 1982
Condition: Very good. Deep Rich Brown Leatherette hardcover with gold stamping decoration on cover top & bottom. Three raised bands on the spine with gold stamping in the windows created. Gold gilded page ends on all sides. Decorative endpapers inside. 462 pages, with illustrations specially prepared for an English translation in 1626 by John Dryden.

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Contains the lives of Theseus, Romulus, Lycurgus, Numa Pompilius, Pericles, Fabius Maximus, Alcibiades, Coriolanus, Alexander, Julius Caesar, Demosthenes, and Cicero.

Plutarch, born Plutarchos (Greek: Πλούταρχος) then named, on his becoming a Roman citizen, Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus (Μέστριος Πλούταρχος), c. 46 – 120 CE, was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. He was born to a prominent family in Chaeronea, Boeotia, a town about twenty miles east of Delphi.

Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, commonly called Parallel Lives or Plutarch’s Lives, is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings, written in the late 1st Century.

The surviving Parallel Lives [in Greek: Βίοι Παράλληλοι (Bíoi Parállēloi)], as they are more properly and commonly known, contain twenty-three pairs of biographies, each pair consisting of one Greek and one Roman, as well as four unpaired, single lives. It is a work of considerable importance, not only as a source of information about the individuals biographized, but also about the times in which they lived.