The Complete Writings of Plutarch, Including The Lives, Essays, Morals, Apothegms, Miscellanies, Etc., in Ten Volumes [Plutarch's Lives of Illustrious Men]

By: Plutarch; Dryden, John; Clough, A.H.; Goodwin, William W.; Emerson, Ralph Waldo

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Limited edition, #108 of 1000 sets. Spines and corners faded and a bit dried, corners rubbed with minimal loss. 1906 Half-Leather. Complete in ten hardcover volumes. 8vo. Original morocco spines and corners, cloth boards, gilt titles and decorations, decorated endpapers. Translated by John Dryden, A.H. Clough, and William W. Goodwin, with an introduction by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Illustrated with photogravure reproductions of paintings and sculptures. Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, commonly called Parallel Lives or Plutarch's Lives, is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings. The surviving Parallel Lives (in Greek: Bioi parallèloi), as they are more properly and commonly known, contain twenty-three pairs of biographies, each pair consisting of one Greek and one Roman, as well as four unpaired, single lives. It is a work of considerable importance, not only as a source of information about the individuals biographized, but also about the times in which they lived. As he explains in the first paragraph of his Life of Alexander, Plutarch was not concerned with writing histories, as such, but in exploring the influence of character—good or bad—on the lives and destinies of famous men. The first pair of Lives—the Epaminondas-Scipio Africanus—no longer exists, and many of the remaining lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae and/or have been tampered with by later writers. His Life of Alexander is one of the five surviving secondary or tertiary sources about Alexander the Great and it includes anecdotes and descriptions of incidents that appear in no other source. Likewise, his portrait of Numa Pompilius, an early Roman king, also contains unique information about the early Roman calendar.

Title: The Complete Writings of Plutarch, Including The Lives, Essays, Morals, Apothegms, Miscellanies, Etc., in Ten Volumes [Plutarch's Lives of Illustrious Men]

Author: Plutarch; Dryden, John; Clough, A.H.; Goodwin, William W.; Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Categories: Rome, Political, Classical Studies, Greek, Leather-Bound,

Edition: Limited Edition

Publisher: The Colonial Company, Limited: 1906

Binding: Half-Leather

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2267185

Keywords: CLASSICS CLASSICAL BIOGRAPHY GREECE ROME AUTOBIOGRAPHY BIOGRAPHICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS MEMOIR JOURNALS JOURNAL DIARIES DIARY LIVES GRECIANS GREEKS GREECE ROMANS PLUTARCH,