Plutarch’s Lives, Vol. 1 by Plutarch audiobook

Plutarch’s Lives, Vol. 1

By Plutarch
Translated by John Dryden
Read by Bernard Mayes

Craig Black, Blackstone Publishing
42.46 Hours Unabridged
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One of the world’s most profoundly influential literary works and the basis for Shakespeare’s Roman plays (Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, and Antony and Cleopatra), Plutarch’s Lives have been entertaining and arousing the spirit of emulation in countless readers since their creation at the beginning of the second century. Originally named Parallel Lives, the work pairs eminent Romans with famous Greek counterparts—like the orators Cicero and Demosthenes—giving illuminating treatments of each separately and then comparing the two in a pithy essay. The first of the two volumes in this translation by John Dryden presents Theseus and Romulus, Pericles and Fabius, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, Aristides and Marcus Cato, and Lysander and Sylla, among others. This is a brilliant social history of the ancient world.

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Summary

Summary

One of the world’s most profoundly influential literary works and the basis for Shakespeare’s Roman plays (Julius CaesarCoriolanus, and Antony and Cleopatra), Plutarch’s Lives have been entertaining and arousing the spirit of emulation in countless readers since their creation at the beginning of the second century.

Originally named Parallel Lives, the work pairs eminent Romans with famous Greek counterparts—like the orators Cicero and Demosthenes—giving illuminating treatments of each separately and then comparing the two in a pithy essay.

The first of the two volumes in this translation by John Dryden presents Theseus and Romulus, Pericles and Fabius, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, Aristides and Marcus Cato, and Lysander and Sylla, among others. This is a brilliant social history of the ancient world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Sometimes a matter of less moment, an expression or a jest, informs us better of…character and inclinations, than the most famous sieges, the greatest armaments, or the bloodiest battles.” Plutarch 
“Away with your prismatics. I want a spermatic book…Plato, Plotinus, and Plutarch are such.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A moralizing program: they set out to construct not full biographies but ethical discussions through the narrative of life.” Bryn Mawr Classical Review
“Plutarch is my man.” Michel de Montaigne

Reviews

Reviews

by Leonard 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Great story, antiquated reading, poor quality audio

The audio book sounds like it was recorded back when Plutarch wrote it. It is read in a somnolent manner and the sound appears muffled by the passage of time, as if listening to someone in a deep barrel. Plutarch deserves better.
by Downpour.com 9/13/2017

Hi Leonard,
Thanks for letting us know about the issues with sound quality. We will investigate.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 42.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English