The Fall of the Roman Republic: Six Lives: Marius, Sulla, Crassus, Pompey, Caesar, Cicero

The Fall of the Roman Republic: Six Lives: Marius, Sulla, Crassus, Pompey, Caesar, Cicero

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by Plutarch
     
 

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"Dramatic artist and philosopher, Plutarch is widely regarded as the most significant writer of his era, and this collection, taken from his Lives, illuminates the twilight of the old Roman Republic from 120 to 43 B.C. Here he provides sharp and succinct biographies of the greatest statesmen of this turbulent period. Whether describing the power struggle between…  See more details below

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"Dramatic artist and philosopher, Plutarch is widely regarded as the most significant writer of his era, and this collection, taken from his Lives, illuminates the twilight of the old Roman Republic from 120 to 43 B.C. Here he provides sharp and succinct biographies of the greatest statesmen of this turbulent period. Whether describing the power struggle between Marius and Sulla, the battle between Crassus and Spartacus, the death of political idealist Cato, Julius Caesar's brilliant but bloody triumph in Gaul or the eloquent oratory of Cicero, all these accounts offer a fascinating insight into an empire wracked by political divisions. Deeply influential for Shakespeare and many other later writers, the lives continue to intrigue with their exploration of corruption, decadence and the struggle for ultimate power." This is a revised edition of Rex Warner's acclaimed translation, edited by Robin Seager. It includes revised introductions to the biographies, notes and, for the first time, translations, by Seager, of Plutarch's four surviving comparisons between these Roman statesmen and their Greek counterparts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140440843
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1954
Series:
Classics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.72(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.

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