Plutarch's Lives of Themistocles, Pericles... (Book published


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Author  Plutarch Plutarch
Publisher  Forgotten Books
Publication Date   June 29, 2012
Pages  414

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A utarch, the great biographer of antiquity, had not ihc far Ivnt himself to find a biographer. For the jacts of his life we are dependent wholly upon the fragmentary information that he scattered easwally throughout his -writings. From these we learn that he was bom in the small Bxot Umtown of Charoneia in Greece, betvreen andS -O- of a family of good standing and long residence there; that he married a rcrtain Timoxena, to whom he wrote a tender Utter of consolation on the death of their daughter; and that he had four sons, to two of whom he dedicated one of his philosophical treatises. He began the study of philosophy at A thens, travelled to Alexandria and in various parts of I taly, and sojourned for a considerable period in Rome; but he seems to have contitmed to regard Charoneia as home, and here he did a large part of his writing and took his share in public service. As a lecturer and teacher of philosophy he achieved considerable repute, and the nature of his doctrine may be gathered from the treatises in which the substance of many of the lectures has been preserved. Jiis death is placed between izo and 13a A. D. The ruling passion of Plutarch slife was ethical. His miscellaneous writings are known collectively as his Morals, and though they deal with a great variety of themes, the prevailing interest is so strongly centred on conduct that the tit Uis not unsuitable. Many of the subjects of his biographies, even, are treated as models of lirlue or warnings against vice, and as a rule he was more concerned about portraying character than about intricacies of political history. The Parallel Lives of Famous Greeks and Romans hate their name from the authors plan of setting side by side a Greek statesman, soldier, or orator, and a Ronan of eminence in the same field, in order to gain iilu7nnjitiots from the comparison; and in this way he covered almost
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