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Product Details

  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (September 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1179990021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1179990026
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,107,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
For generations, this was the primary textbook regarding the Greek and
Roman world. It formed the historical source for many of
Shakespeare's finest plays as well as setting the pattern for all of
the biographical arts. This book also provided the inspiration for
many of the ideas of American political personages as can be seen in
the speeches and quotations of Samuel Adams, Peyton Randolph, Patrick
Henry, Samuel Davies, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Henry Lee,
John Jay, George Mason and Thomas Jefferson. In fact, during the
Founding era of the United States, Plutarch's Lives of Noble Grecians
and Romans was the most frequently referenced work and was second only
to the Christian Bible. This alone makes this book one of the most
vital and essential of all the classics.
Plutarch's Lives of Noble
Grecians and Romans was written sometime during the tumultuous days of
the second century. It is organized as a series of parallel
biographies and alternates between famous Greeks and Romans. A
character from the Golden Age such as Pericles, Alcibiades, Lycurgus,
Alexander or Solon is compared with one from the Splendorous Age such
as Cicero, Brutus, Cato, Antony or Caesar. Plutarch's objective was
didactic; his Lives abound with honor, valor, temperance, duty and
wisdom, an ode to morality in an essentially pagan culture.
The
profiles presented, however, are notorious for their mix of fact and
fiction, history and myth, truth and downright gossip. Plutarch, a
lover of tradition, above all else, wanted to both memorialize past
glories and to reassert them as living ideals.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Plutarch's Lives of prominent Greeks and Romans remain a source of delight, scandal and Shakespeare's histories. Their importance is undoubted, but their charm is often unknown: the image of Alexander the Great's mother performing exotic dances with snakes lingers tauntingly.

Thomas North's translation is rough but vibrant. His prose is raw Elizabethan, easy and immediate on the ear. Shakespeare lifted whole passages for his histories, even plots. Anthony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Caesar - all echo North's words.

On a higher level, mark Plutarch's pairing of figures from the Greek and Roman worlds.
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We are studying Plutarch through Ambleside Online for homeschooling. I did not realize that this is only ONE volume of several. The volume itself is the original North's language, but it is not the complete Plutarch volumes, which is what I was needing.
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