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The age of Alexander

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'Wisdom and justice must be accompanied by power and good fortune if a man's actions are to be seen as noble as well as great' Plutarch's parallel biographies of the great men in Greek and Roman history are cornerstones of European Literature, drawn on by writers and statesmen since the Renaissance, most notably by Shakespeare. This selection provides intimate glimpses into the lives of these men, depicting, as he put it, 'those actions which illuminate the workings of the soul'. We learn why the mild Artaxerxes forced the killer of his usurping brother to undergo the horrific 'death of two boats'; why the noble Dion repeatedly risked his life for the ungrateful mobs of Syracuse; why Demosthenes delivered a funeral oration for the soldiers he had deserted in batt≤ and why Alexander, the most enigmatic of tyrants, self-destructed after conquering half the world.Timothy Duff's new edition of Ian Scott-Kilvert's translation includes a general introduction and new introductions and biographical additions to each Life. He has also added two Lives previously not included, of Artaxerxes (450 - 359 BC), the Great King of Persia, and Eumenes (361 - 316 BC), one of Alexander's gifted generals.Translated by IAN SCOTT-KILVERTWith an introduction and notes by TIMOTHY E. DUFF

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Subjects

  • Biographie
  • Biographies
  • Biography
  • Civilization, Greco-Roman
  • Classical biography
  • Early works to 1800
  • Grèce
  • Grèce-Biographies
  • Greek authors
  • History
  • Kings and rulers
  • Orators
  • Politics and government
  • Protected DAISY
  • Romans
  • Rome
  • Statesmen

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