Age Of Alexander

Plutarch,

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Plutarch’s parallel biographies of the great men in Greek and Roman history are cornerstones of European literature. This selection provides intimate glimpses into the lives of these men, depicting, as he put it, ‘those actions which illuminate the workings of the soul’.

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The Parallel Lives of Plutarch are cornerstones of Western literature, and have exerted a profound influence on writers and statesmen since the Renaissance, most notably Shakespeare. This selection of ten biographies spans the period from the start of the fourth century BC to the early third, and covers some of the most important figures in Greek history, such as the orator Demosthenes and Alexander the Great, as well as lesser known figures such as Plato’s pupil Dion of Syracuse. Each Life is an important work of literature in itself, but taken together they provide a vivid picture of the Greek world during a period that saw the collapse of Spartan power, the rise of Macedonia, the conquests of Alexander and the wars of his successors.

Timothy Duff’s revised version of Ian Scott-Kilvert’s translations is accompanied by a new general introduction, and introductions and notes to each Life. He has also added two Lives previously not included: Artaxerxes I, Great King of Persia from 405 to 359 BC, and Eumenes of Cardia, one of Alexander’s officers.

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Weight 458 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 29 mm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

xxxvii, 625

Language

English

Edition

Revised edition

Dewey

920.038 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K