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Author: Plutarch Narrator: Bernard Mayes Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781483088365
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One of the world’s most profoundly influential literary works and the basis for Shakespeare’s Roman plays (Julius CaesarCoriolanus, and Antony and Cleopatra), Plutarch’s Lives have been entertaining and arousing the spirit of emulation in countless readers since their creation at the beginning of the second century.

Originally named Parallel Lives, the work pairs eminent Romans with famous Greek counterparts—like the orators Cicero and Demosthenes—giving illuminating treatments of each separately and then comparing the two in a pithy essay.

The first of the two volumes in this translation by John Dryden presents Theseus and Romulus, Pericles and Fabius, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, Aristides and Marcus Cato, and Lysander and Sylla, among others. This is a brilliant social history of the ancient world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sometimes a matter of less moment, an expression or a jest, informs us better of…character and inclinations, than the most famous sieges, the greatest armaments, or the bloodiest battles.”

    Plutarch 

  • “Away with your prismatics. I want a spermatic book…Plato, Plotinus, and Plutarch are such.”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “A moralizing program: they set out to construct not full biographies but ethical discussions through the narrative of life.”

    Bryn Mawr Classical Review

  • “Plutarch is my man.”

    Michel de Montaigne

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About the Author

Plutarch (c. AD 46–120) was a Greek historian, biographer, and essayist. For many years Plutarch served as one of the two priests at the temple of Apollo at Delphi. He actively participated in local affairs in the town of his birth, Chaeronea, in the Greek region known as Boeotia, and was also a magistrate, representing his home on various missions to foreign countries.

About the Narrator

Bernard Mayes is a teacher, administrator, corporate executive, broadcaster, actor, dramatist, and former international commentator on US culture. He is best known for his readings of historical classics.