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The Age of Alexanderby Plutarch
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Plutarch's influential writings on the ancient world.
Plutarch's parallel biographies of the great men in Greek and Roman history are cornerstones of European literature, drawn on by countless writers since the Renaissance. This selection provides intimate glimpses into the lives of these men, revealing 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 battle; and why Alexander self-destructed after conquering half the world.
About the Author
Plutarch (AD c. 50-120) was a Greek writer and thinker.
Ian Scott-Kilvert translated the Penguin Classics editions of Plutarch's Makers of Rome, The Rise and Fall of Athens, and Nine Greek Lives. He died in 1989.
Timothy E. Duff is a reader in classics at the University of Reading and has published extensively on Plutarch.
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