The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, Compared Together by That Grave, Learned Philosopher and Historiographer Plutarch of Chaeronea (The Collector's Library of Famous Editions) [Plutarch's Lives]

By: Plutarch; Amyot, James; North, Thomas; Baughman, Roland; Ludwig, Emil

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Publisher's Notes from the Archives laid in. An exceptional set. 1969 Full-Leather. Complete in two volumes. xlix, [1], 942; [1], 944-1926 pp. 8vo. Blue full leather, gilt titles and decorations, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, ribbon markers bound in. Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Lives into English, by way of the French of James Amyot. This edition prepared by Roland Baughman, with an introduction by Emil Ludwig. 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 Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, Compared Together by That Grave, Learned Philosopher and Historiographer Plutarch of Chaeronea (The Collector's Library of Famous Editions) [Plutarch's Lives]

Author: Plutarch; Amyot, James; North, Thomas; Baughman, Roland; Ludwig, Emil

Categories: Ancient, Political, Classical Studies, Leather-Bound, Easton Press,

Publisher: The Easton Press: 1969

Binding: Full-Leather

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2277135

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