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MOBI ´ Volume 2 Modern Library Classics ☆ Join or create book clubs Character and personality of his subjects and how they led ultimately to tragedy or victory Richly anecdotal and full of detail Volume I contains profiles and comparisons of Romulus and Theseus Numa and Lycurgus Fabius and Pericles and manypowerful figure Very good book If your into that era in history you can't go wrong on this Hey it's Plutarch

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Plutarch's Lives Volume 2 Modern Library ClassicsPlutarch's Lives written at the beginning of the second century AD is a brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers and moralists of all time In what is by far his most famous and influential work Plutarch reveals the In my review of the first volume of the Modern Library edition of Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans I explained my preference for the Modern Library edition as opposed to the Loeb or the Penguin Travesty Edition Please refer to that review for some thoughts on which edition to choose to readWhat I first want to do in this review is to provide a little background to a reading of Plutarch Hopefully this will provide an explanation of why Plutarch remains such a vital author in the Western CanonPlutarch lived from around 46 to 120 CE He therefore lived in the Roman Empire from the reign of Nero to the beginnings of Hadrian's reign He was contemporaries with Tacitus and Epictetus He lived for a while in Rome but most of his life was spent in Boetia in Greece He was a priest of the oracle at Delphi for several decades and a prolific writer on philosophical scientific and ethical themesIn addition the the Lives Plutarch wrote many essays and dialogues that have been collected together under the general title of the Moralia The Loeb Classical Library provides a complete English rendering and there are several good one volume selections I mention the Moralia because I believe that a reading of some of the essays are essential to understanding the ethical explorations of the LivesConsider the opening to his essay On Moral Virtue Plutarch starts off by distinguishing moral virtue from contemplative virtue The differences lies chiefly in that it has as its material the emotions of the soul and as its form reason p19 of the Loeb Moralia Vol6This gives us a picture of Plutarch as Middle Platonist with an Aristotlean idea of virtue as a mean The picture we get is of a human world where evil and vice are as real as virtue and reason where the emotions can work as the energizing element of both virtue and vice and where the achievement of virtue is always the result of education and discipline and is never completeIt is this picture of the world that is then explored so magnificently in the Lives The Lives focus of the political and military realm of the statesmen and uses the various people discussed as the raw material for the exploration of all the ways that excellent men and a few excellent womencan succeed or fail at virtuous leadershipOne of the themes that I feel Plutarch explores is whether Roman hegemony can be defended on any grounds other than their success at arms In this he is writing as a cultured Greek testing the Roman leadership by the standards of a conuered peopleHe looks at the ways that various personal failings lack of prudence in a general an excessive love of drink uncontrollable lust whether for boys or women or greed or any pretty much any excess can waylay and overturn a lifetime of achievementAnother favorite theme of Plutarch's is the turning of Fortuna's or Tyche'swheel Plutarch exemplifies the belief that we are laid low or allowed success almost whimsically by this goddess who will surely turn our lives upside down again soon Just because She can At least as far as we knowAgainst these backgrounds of Roman hegemony personal failings and the twists and turns of Fate Plutarch tries to show us the struggle of the individual to serve his city his Empire or his own petty whims It is a great theme one that he writes about with insight and with sympathy for those whose stories he is tellingThis gets to my annoyance with the Penguin volumes of the Lives By separating the paired Greek and Roman lives and by presenting them out of seuence Penguin is trying to present Plutarch as an historian a role he explicitly denies for himself While I think he is a very good historian he is even a uniuely great essayist in practical political and personal ethics This is I believe how Montaigne read Plutarch and I think both Jefferson and Madison as well This is how Plutarch has helped to shape our cultural history In fact I am going to make the claim that it is impossible to fully understand the debate around the adoption of the US Constitution unless you have read the whole of both Plutarch and Livy Anyone who wants to persue that thesis with me please write a commentMy recommendation is that you get the Modern Library edition and dig in If you don't like it wait a year or two and try it again For Plutarch presents us with the broadest possible experience of the world You may find like me that you have to wait a while for your own experience to grow broad enough in order to really see just what an amazing book this ancient neighbor of ours has given us