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One of the greatest essayists of the Graeco-Roman world, Plutarch (c. AD 46 -120) used an encyclopedic knowledge of the Roman Empire to produce a compelling and individual voice. In this superb selection from his writings, he offers personal insights into moral subjects that include the virtue of listening, the danger of flattery and the avoidance of anger, alongside more speculative essays on themes as diverse as God's slowness to punish man, the use of reason by supposedly 'irrational' animals and the death of ...

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Overview

One of the greatest essayists of the Graeco-Roman world, Plutarch (c. AD 46 -120) used an encyclopedic knowledge of the Roman Empire to produce a compelling and individual voice. In this superb selection from his writings, he offers personal insights into moral subjects that include the virtue of listening, the danger of flattery and the avoidance of anger, alongside more speculative essays on themes as diverse as God's slowness to punish man, the use of reason by supposedly 'irrational' animals and the death of his own daughter. Brilliantly informed, these essays offer a treasure-trove of ancient wisdom, myth and philosophy, and a powerful insight into a deeply intelligent man.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140445640
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,016,777
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

PLUTARCH (circa 45 - 125 A.D.) Plutarch is known to have written 227 works of various sorts. Of these, Parallel Lives and Morals have been the most influential for later generations

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction

ON LISTENING
Introduction
Essay

HOW TO DISTINGUISH A FLATTERER FROM A FRIEND
Introduction
Essay

ON BEING AWARE OF MORAL PROGRESS
Introduction
Essay

WHETHER MILITARY OR INTELLECTUAL EXPLOITS HAVE BROUGHT ATHENS MORE FAME
Introduction
Essay

ON THE AVOIDANCE OF ANGER
Introduction
Essay

ON CONTENTMENT
Introduction
Essay

ON GOD'S SLOWNESS TO PUNISH
Introduction
Essay

ON SOCRATES' PERSONAL DEITY
Introduction
Essay

IN CONSOLATION TO HIS WIFE
Introduction
Essay

ON THE USE OF REASON BY 'IRRATIONAL' ANIMALS
Introduction
Essay

Bibliography
Textual Appendix
Descriptive Index of Proper Names

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