Fall of the Roman Republic

ISBN-10: 0140440844
ISBN-13: 9780140440843
Edition: 1972 (Revised)
List price: $15.00
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Description: Brings together biographical sketches of six men who lived during the period of foreign and civil war that marked the collapse of the Roman Republic.

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 1972
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 2/28/1954
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Brings together biographical sketches of six men who lived during the period of foreign and civil war that marked the collapse of the Roman Republic.

PLUTARCH. c.46--c.125 Considered by many the most important Greek writer of the early Roman period, Plutarch was a member of a well-to-do Greek family, a chief magistrate, a priest at Delphi, and an exceptionally well-read individual. His philosophical views were based on those of Plato (see Vol. 4) and, although a Greek, he esteemed the achievements and attributes of the Romans. By the time Plutarch's works were published for the first time in the eleventh century, some had already been lost. He wrote innumerable essays on philosophical, historical, political, religious, and literary subjects, 78 of which survive today and are known collectively as the "Moralia." He is known primarily, however, for his Parallel Lives of Greeks and Romans, which consists of 50 biographies---23 of prominent Greeks, 23 of Roman leaders, and 4 separate lives---accompanied at intervals by short comparative essays. Although historical information is included in the work, Plutarch wrote it originally to inspire emulation in youth, so the emphasis is on character, moral choice, and anecdote. Sir Thomas North's 1579 translation into English of Parallel Lives became an important source for William Shakespeare which he used for three plays, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus.

Plutarch(c. 50c. 120 AD), dramatist, natural scientist, and philosopher, is widely regarded as the most significant historian of his era.Robin Seageris a reader in classics and ancient history at the University of Liverpool.Rex Warnerstranslations for Penguin Classics include works by Xenophon and Thucydides.

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