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Plutarch

The Rise and Fall of Athens

Plutarch The Rise And Fall Of Athens Nine Greek Lives
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Biographical note:

Plutarch (c.50-c.120 AD) was a writer and thinker born into a wealthy, established family of Chaeronea in central Greece. He received the best possible education in rhetoric and philosophy, and traveled to Asia Minor and Egypt. Later, a series of visits to Rome and Italy contributed to his fame, which was given official recognition by the emperors Trajan and Hadrian. Plutarch rendered conscientious service to his province and city (where he continued to live), as well as holding a priesthood at nearby Delphi. His voluminous surviving writings are broadly divided into the ‘moral’ works and the Parallel Lives of outstanding Greek and Roman leaders. The former (Moralia) are a mixture of rhetorical and antiquarian pieces, together with technical and moral philosophy (sometimes in dialogue form). The Lives have been influential from the Renaissance onwards.

Table of contents:

Translated with an Introduction by Ian Scott-Kilvert

Introduction
Theseus
Solon
Themistocles
Aristides
Cimon
Pericles
Nicias
Alcibiades
Lysander

Maps

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