Translator name not noted above: Arthur Hugh Clough
Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf.
Volume XII features selections from the biographical writings of the Greek historian PLUTARCH (c. 46 A.D.-120 A.D.), which offer us the only sources of information that have survived for some personages, and exerted a profound influence on the literature to come, particularly throughout the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Included are Plutarch's biographies of Themistocles, Pericles, Aristides, Coriolanus, Demosthenes, Cicero, and others.
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Plutarch's Lives, is a biographical examination of who's who in the ancient world (250 BCE ~ 50 ECE). It was an accepted text for middle and higher education throughout the 18th century and as such was studied and debated by virtually all of our Founding Fathers and our more important Founding Mothers like Martha Washington and Abigale Adams. Lincoln read it as did the Messer's Roosevelt. Woodrow Wilson used it in his classroom before he was a noted scholar, University President and President. I bought this edition for a young but extremely intelligent cousin, a Christmas gift in response to some extremely smart commentary in a recent discussion. I myself have completed my sixth reading and will shortly start my seventh. I have drawn many new ideas from each consideration of the stories therein. You will too!