9780140441581

The Makers of Rome Nine Lives

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    9780140441581

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    0140441581

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1965-10-30
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

These nine biographies illuminate the careers, personalities and military campaigns of some of Rome's greatest statesmen, whose lives span the period from the earliest days of the Republic to the establishment of the Empire. Selected from Plutarch's Roman Lives, they include prominent figures who achieved fame for their pivotal roles in Roman history, such as soldierly Marcellus, eloquent Cato and cautious Fabius. Here, too, are vivid portraits of ambitious, hot-tempered Coriolanus; objective, principled Brutus and open-hearted Mark Anthony. In recounting the lives of these great leaders, Plutarch also explores the problems of statecraft and power and illustrates the Roman people's genius for political compromise, which led to their mastery of the ancient world. Ian Scott-Kilvert's translation brings out the clarity and colour of Plutarch's style, and his introduction shows how Plutarch advanced the treatment of biography by a close examination of the characters and moral dilemmas of his subjects.

Author Biography

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

Introduction 7(8)
Coriolanus
15(38)
Fabius Maximus
53(32)
Marcellus
85(34)
Cato the Elder
119(34)
Tiberius Gracchus
153(22)
Gaius Gracchus
175(20)
Sertorius
195(28)
Brutus
223(48)
Mark Antony
271(80)
Appendix 351(12)
Maps 363

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