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- DescriptionPlutarch's Lives and Morals are among the formative books of western civilisation, Written around AD 100, in Greece under Roman rule, they reflect conditions of that time: t only the political limitations, but - more importantly - the rich inheritance of post-classical as well as classical Greek thinking. Russell sets out to explain what it is like to read Plutarch and what one needs to bear in mind in order to read him with understanding and appreciation. Plutarch is seen in his historical context, his language and style, as a scholar of the past, as philosopher and moralist. The Lives are then discussed with specific examples in more detail - Alcibiades and some of the main generals of the late Roman republic; in the final chapter Russell examines the reception of Plutarch down to the time of North's translation and Shakespeare's reliance on it. Each chapter is generously laced with quotation (in translation), so that the student and general reader get a feeling for Plutarch's work.
- Author BiographyDA Russell is a Fellow of St John's College, Oxford and was University Reader in Greek and Latin Literature. His works include Critcism in Antiquity (in the same series), and an authoritative edition of Longinus, On the Sublime.
- Author(s)D. A. Russell
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication13/12/2001
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBristol Classical Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight239 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition StatementNew edition
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