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eBook Plutarch's Lives: Vol. II ePub

by Arthur Hugh Clough,John Dryden,Plutarch

  • ISBN: 0679600094
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Arthur Hugh Clough,John Dryden,Plutarch
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Modern Library (September 5, 1992)
  • Pages: 736
  • ePub book: 1931 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
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This volume contains Plutarch's Lives in it's entirety. It is the classic translation by John Dryden at the end of the seventeenth century as revised by Arthur Hugh Clough in 1864. The preferred translation by most scholars. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

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Not all the biographies in Vol 2 are comparisons (or said better, some are compared more and others are simply paralleled more).

John dryden's translation corrected from the greek. And tutor of oriel college, oxford?

John dryden's translation corrected from the greek. And revised and annotated. By. Arthur hugh clough.

Corrected from the Greek and Revised. VOL. I. BOSTON: LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY. in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts. One Hundred copies printed. University Press: Welch, Bigelow, and Company, Cambridge.

by Arthur Hugh Clough. Lives" is a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans by the ancient Greek historian Plutarch who lived during the first and second century AD. "Lives" consists of twenty-three paired biographies, one Greek and one Roman, and four unpaired, which explore the influence of character on the lives and destinies of the subjects.

About Plutarch’s Lives, Volume .

About Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 2. Plutarch’s Lives, written at the beginning of the second century . is a brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers and moralists of all time. In what is by far his most famous and influential work, Plutarch reveals the character and personality of his subjects and how they led ultimately to tragedy or victory.

Plutarch's Lives, written at the beginning of the second century A.D., is a brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers and moralists of all time. In what is by far his most famous and influential work, Plutarch reveals the character and personality of his subjects and how they led ultimately to tragedy or victory. Richly anecdotal and full of detail, Volume I contains profiles and comparisons of Romulus and Theseus, Numa and Lycurgus, Fabius and Pericles, and many more powerful figures of ancient Greece and Rome.The present translation, originally published in 1683 in conjunction with a life of Plutarch by John Dryden, was revised in 1864 by the poet and scholar Arthur Hugh Clough, whose notes and preface are also included in this edition.From the Trade Paperback edition.


Daron Daron
My old copy was worn out. Plutarch has given us what is still the world's greatest and most illuminating bedtime stories. His work isn't simply a peep-hole giving you a view of an ancient world, it is also a receptacle containing the best study of ethics you are likely to find anywhere. Plutarch didn't make me rich, powerful or famous, but my life was made better by him.
Zorve Zorve
An improvement over North's Elizabethan translation. Now if we could only interest the Landmark publishers in commissioning a contemporary version, together with their customary exceedingly helpful reader's aids.
Delari Delari
In my review of the first volume of the Modern Library edition of Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, I explained my preference for the Modern Library edition as opposed to the Loeb or the Penguin Travesty Edition. Please refer to that review for some thoughts on which edition to choose to read.
What I first want to do in this review is to provide a little background to a reading of Plutarch. Hopefully, this will provide an explanation of why Plutarch remains such a vital author in the Western Canon.
Plutarch lived from around 46 to 120 CE. He therefore lived in the Roman Empire from the reign of Nero to the beginnings of Hadrian's reign. He was contemporaries with Tacitus and Epictetus. He lived for a while in Rome but most of his life was spent in Boetia in Greece. He was a priest of the oracle at Delphi for several decades and a prolific writer on philosophical, scientific and ethical themes.
In addition the the Lives, Plutarch wrote many essays and dialogues that have been collected together under the general title of the Moralia. The Loeb Classical Library provides a complete English rendering and there are several good one volume selections. I mention the Moralia because I believe that a reading of some of the essays are essential to understanding the ethical explorations of the Lives.
Consider the opening to his essay, "On Moral Virtue". Plutarch starts off by distinguishing "moral" virtue from "contemplative" virtue. The differences lies "chiefly in that it has as its material the emotions of the soul and as its form reason" (p.19 of the Loeb Moralia, Vol.6).
This gives us a picture of Plutarch as Middle Platonist with an Aristotlean idea of virtue as a mean. The picture we get is of a human world where evil and vice are as real as virtue and reason, where the emotions can work as the energizing element of both virtue and vice and where the achievement of virtue is always the result of education and discipline and is never complete.
It is this picture of the world that is then explored so magnificently in the Lives. The Lives focus of the political and military realm of the statesmen and uses the various people discussed as the raw material for the exploration of all the ways that excellent men (and a few excellent women)can succeed or fail at virtuous leadership.
One of the themes that I feel Plutarch explores is whether Roman hegemony can be defended on any grounds other than their success at arms. In this, he is writing as a cultured Greek testing the Roman leadership by the standards of a conquered people.
He looks at the ways that various personal failings (lack of prudence in a general, an excessive love of drink, uncontrollable lust whether for boys or women or greed or any pretty much any excess) can waylay and overturn a lifetime of achievement.
Another favorite theme of Plutarch's is the turning of Fortuna's (or Tyche's)wheel. Plutarch exemplifies the belief that we are laid low or allowed success almost whimsically by this goddess who will surely turn our lives upside down again soon. Just because She can (At least, as far as we know).
Against these backgrounds of Roman hegemony, personal failings and the twists and turns of Fate, Plutarch tries to show us the struggle of the individual to serve his city, his Empire or his own petty whims. It is a great theme, one that he writes about with insight and with sympathy for those whose stories he is telling.
This gets to my annoyance with the Penguin volumes of the Lives. By separating the paired Greek and Roman lives and by presenting them out of sequence, Penguin is trying to present Plutarch as an historian, a role he explicitly denies for himself. While I think he is a very good historian, he is even more a uniquely great essayist in practical political and personal ethics. This is, I believe, how Montaigne read Plutarch and I think both Jefferson and Madison as well. This is how Plutarch has helped to shape our cultural history. In fact, I am going to make the claim that it is impossible to fully understand the debate around the adoption of the U.S. Constitution unless you have read the whole of both Plutarch and Livy. Anyone who wants to persue that thesis with me, please write a comment.
My recommendation is that you get the Modern Library edition and dig in. If you don't like it, wait a year or two and try it again. For Plutarch presents us with the broadest possible experience of the world. You may find, like me, that you have to wait a while for your own experience to grow broad enough in order to really see just what an amazing book this ancient neighbor of ours has given us.
Acrobat Acrobat
An up-and-coming writer, Mr. Plutarch takes ancient characters and creates a drama almost as exhilarating as "Twilight"!

In all seriousness, Plutarch's "Lives" is an interesting examination of eminent Greeks and Romans with comparisons of like figures. I love this book, and it is certainly not something you need to sit down and read in its entirety to get a lot from. Reading just a biography or two and the accompanying comparisons Plutarch offers is a great way for anyone interested in this period or biographies in general to get a feel for a detailed perspective on figures from history.

It can be dry, but that depends upon the reader.
Felolune Felolune
This is an essential book to trace the foundations of Western culture. Parts of it are surprisingly current in their analysis of our on-going political malaise. Nothing new, and all that. . . . When Greek or Roman family antecedents begin to interfere with the flow of the discourses, skip a page or two and don't falter.
Alexandra Alexandra
Starts out slowly and quite hard to persevere with, but gets a lot better as he goes through each paired life, an ancient Greek compared with modern (2000 years ago) Roman. Good because Plutarch gives what seems to be an honest assessment of the merits and faults of each person, and some of his subjects are pretty awful. A lot of fascinating detail that you might not see in later books.
Delagamand Delagamand
One of the most important books ever written. Very difficult for the modern reader who has no classical education.
The content of the book is very good. While the translation dates originally from 1686, it was heavily edited and modernized in 1864 and is overall a pleasant read without significant archaisms. I would have given this book five stars except that the paper is the cheap newsprint style paper. Text from the back side is visible through the sheet and the paper is not marked as being acid-free. I wish I could have payed a few dollars more for some archival quality acid-free paper, but in a bargain priced volume this is to be expected.