Rome in Crisis

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A philosopher and moral essayist, Plutarch (c.46-120 AD) was also an acclaimed biographer. Bringing together nine biographies from his Parallel Lives and the Lives of the Roman Emperors, this edition examines the lives of major figures in Roman history, from Lucullus (118-57 BC), an aristocratic politician, bon-viveur and conqueror of Eastern kingdoms, to Otho (32-69 AD), a reckless young noble who consorted with the tyrannical, debauched emperor Nero before briefly becoming a dignified and gracious emperor ...

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Overview

A philosopher and moral essayist, Plutarch (c.46-120 AD) was also an acclaimed biographer. Bringing together nine biographies from his Parallel Lives and the Lives of the Roman Emperors, this edition examines the lives of major figures in Roman history, from Lucullus (118-57 BC), an aristocratic politician, bon-viveur and conqueror of Eastern kingdoms, to Otho (32-69 AD), a reckless young noble who consorted with the tyrannical, debauched emperor Nero before briefly becoming a dignified and gracious emperor himself. These biographies provide a wonderfully compelling picture of the Ancient world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140449167
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 619,913
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Christopher Pelling  is professor of classics at Oxford University and a fellow of Christ Church.

Christopher Pelling  is professor of classics at Oxford University and a fellow of Christ Church.

Christopher Pelling  is professor of classics at Oxford University and a fellow of Christ Church.

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Table of Contents

Penguin Plutarch vii

Preface to the Revised Edition x

Abbreviations xi

General Introduction xv

Further Reading xlvii

Rome in Crisis

The Gracchi 3

Introduction to the Gracchi 5

Tiberius Gracchus 16

Gaius Gracchus 38

Comparison of Agis, Cleomenes and the Gracchi 57

Sertorius 61

Introduction to Sertorius 63

Sertorius 71

Comparison of Sertorius and Eumenes 101

Lucullus 103

Introduction to Lucullus 105

Lucullus 115

Comparison of Cimon and Lucullus 165

Younger Cato 169

Introduction to Younger Cato 171

Younger Cato 182

Brutus 247

Introduction to Brutus 249

Brutus 258

Comparison of Dion and Brutus 309

Antony 313

Introduction to Antony 315

Antony 327

Comparison of Demetrius and Antony 408

Galba and Otho 413

Introduction to Galba and Otho 415

Galba 429

Otho 454

Maps 471

1 Eastern Empire 472

2 Italy and Sicily 474

3 Greece 476

4 Western Empire 478

5 Rome 480

6 Forum 482

7 Africa 483

Notes 485

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