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The Fall of the Roman Republic: Six Lives : Penguin Classics - Plutarch

The Fall of the Roman Republic: Six Lives

Penguin Classics

By: Plutarch

Paperback Published: 10th May 2006
ISBN: 9780140449341
Number Of Pages: 464
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Plutarch has been called the last of the classical Greek historians and the first modern biographer.

Above all, Plutarch was a superb dramatic artist and a brilliant popularizer, a writer who has influenced Shakespeare and many other with his vivid studies of the great Greek and Roman leaders.

Plutarch's interest is not in historical analysis but rather in character, in the influences of birth and education, in the significance of individual fame and the moral issue this raises. Born in Boeotia in AD 46, he witnessed both the best and the worst aspects of Roman life during the first century AD - the burgeoning of Latin literature, but also the long and bloody foreign and civil wars that marked the collapse of the Republic and ushered in the Empire. Collected here are his lives of the six men who played a central part in those events: Marius and Sulla, Crassus and Cicero, Pompey and Caesar.

About the Author

Plutarch (c.50-c.120 AD) was a writer and thinker born into a wealthy, established family of Chaeronea in central Greece. His voluminous surviving writings are broadly divided into the 'moral' works and the Parallel Lives of outstanding Greek and Roman leaders. The former (Moralia) are a mixture of rhetorical and antiquarian pieces, together with technical and moral philosophy (sometimes in dialogue form). The Lives have been influential from the Renaissance onwards. Robin Seager is a Reader in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Liverpool and the author of a biography of Pompey.

Mariusp. 3
Sulla : comparison of Lysander and Sullap. 105
Crassus : comparison of Nicias and Crassusp. 155
Pompey : comparison of Agesilaus and Pompeyp. 249
Caesarp. 254
Cicero : comparison of Demosthenes and Cicerop. 374
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ISBN: 9780140449341
ISBN-10: 0140449345
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 10th May 2006
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1

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