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Plutarch on Sparta  : Penguin Classics - Plutarch

Plutarch on Sparta

Penguin Classics

By: Plutarch

Paperback Published: 15th June 2005
ISBN: 9780140449433
Number Of Pages: 304
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Plutarch's vivid and engaging portraits of the Spartans and their customs are a major source of our knowledge about the rise and fall of their remarkable Greek city-state between the sixth and third centuries sc. Through his Lives of Sparta's leaders and his recording of memorable Spartan Sayings, he depicts a people who lived frugally and mastered their emotions in all aspects of life, who disposed of unhealthy babies in a deep chasm, introduced a gruelling regime of military training for boys and treated their serfs brutally. Rich in anecdote and detail, Plutarch's writing brings to life the personalities and achievements of Sparta with unparalleled flair and humanity.

Richard J. A. Talbert's translation of four of Plutarch's biographies and his selection of Spartan Sayings is accompanied by an introduction placing the works in their historical context, and Spartan Society by Xenophon. This revised edition also includes notes, a list of Spartan kings, a glossary, updated further reading, maps of the Aegean world and an index.

About the Author

Plutarch's life spanned the second half of the 1st century AD. He was highly educated in rhetoric and philosophy at Athens but his deep interest in religion led him to Delphi, where he was eventually appointed a priesthood. He travelled, most crucially to Rome, where he lectured and made friends of considerable influence. He wrote and taught throughout his life.

Penguin Pultarch
Christopher Pelling
Lycurgup. 5 3
Agesilausp. 39
Agis 81
Cleomenesp. 98
Sayings of Spartansp. 138
Sayings of Spartan womenp. 183
Xenophon, Spartan societyp. 194
Spartan kings to 222 BCp. 212
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ISBN: 9780140449433
ISBN-10: 0140449434
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 15th June 2005
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

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