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Plutarch's Lives have been popular reading from antiquity to the present day, combining engaging biographical detail with a strong underlying moral purpose. The Lives of Demosthenes and Cicero are an unusual pair in that they are about unmilitary men who, while superb technically as orators, were both in the end political failures, crushed by the military power which dominated their world. Along with the translations andcommentaries, Lintott provides a detailed introduction which discusses the background and context of these two Lives, essential information about the author and the periods in which these two orators lived, and the philosophy which underlies Plutarch's presentation of the two personalities.
Andrew Lintott is Emeritus Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford.
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Abbreviations Preface Introduction Demosthenes Chronology Life of Demosthenes Notes to Life of Demosthenes Cicero Chronology Life of Cicero and Comparison Notes to Life of Cicero Bibliography