Roman Lives: A Selection of Eight Lives

OUP Oxford, 7. okt. 1999 - 608 sider
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Marcus Cato Sulla Aemilius Paullus Pompey The Gracchi Marius Julius Caesar Anthony 'I treat the narrative of the Lives as a kind of mirror...The experience is like nothing so much as spending time in their company and living with them: I receive and welcome each of them in turn as my guest.' In the eight lives of this collection Plutarch introduces the reader to the major figures and periods of classical Rome. He portrays virtues to be emulated and vices to be avoided, but his purpose is also implicitly to educate and warn those in his own day who wielded power. In prose that is rich, elegant and sprinkled with learned references, he explores with an extraordinary degree of insight the interplay of character and political action. While drawing chiefly on historical sources, he brings to biography a natural story-teller's ear for a good anecdote. Throughout the ages Plutarch's Lives have been valued for their historical value and their charm. This new translation will introduce new generations to his urbane erudition. The most comprehensive selection available, it is accompanied by a lucid introduction, explanatory notes, bibliographies, maps and indexes.

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Review: Roman Lives: A Selection of Eight Lives

Brukerevaluering  - Adam Yoshida - Goodreads

This is the single best translation of Plutarch I've ever read. Waterfield's selection of lives does an excellent job of tracing the final years of the Roman Republic. My only wish is that some of the ... Les hele vurderingen

Review: Roman Lives: A Selection of Eight Lives

Brukerevaluering  - Fred Sanders - Goodreads

The life of Caesar (read along with those of Pompey and Marc Antony) are the richest depiction of the "lust to dominate" that you could hope for. Caesar is genuinely admirable, remarkable in every way, and Plutarch kind of likes him. But he is Rome Incarnate, for good or ill. Les hele vurderingen


General Introduction
T ranslators Note
Cato the Elder
Aernilius Paullus
Roman Money and Measures
Special Terms
Textual Notes

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