Plutarch's Lives, Volume 1

By Plutarch; Arthur Hugh Clough (Editor); John Dryden (Translator)
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375756764, 816pp.)

Publication Date: April 10, 2001

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Plutarch's Lives, written at the beginning of the second century A.D., 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 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 many more powerful figures of ancient Greece and Rome.

The present translation, originally published in 1683 in conjunction with a life of Plutarch by John Dryden, was revised in 1864 by the poet and scholar Arthur Hugh Clough, whose notes and preface are also included in this edition.

About the Author
About the Introducer
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON has written extensively on both ancient Greek and military history; his ?fteen books include The Western Way of War and Between War and Peace. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno.

"From the Trade Paperback edition.

John Dryden (1631-1700) was an English poet, critic and dramatist, responsible for nearly 30 plays. He was noted both for his elegant comedies and his heroic verse dramas, which introduced the principles of French neoclassicism to England.Dryden turned to drama following the reopening of the theatres at the Restoration; his first attempt, the comedy "The Wild Gallant", was presented in 1663 at Drury Lane. The success of his heroic drama "The Indian Emperor" established him as a leading playwright. Following "Aureng-Zebe" (1675), perhaps his best heroic work, Dryden abandoned the use of rhyming couplets, producing the oft-revived blank-verse tragedy" All for Love" (a retelling of Shakespeare's" Antony and Cleopatra") in 1677.Dryden was the first to write drama criticism in an informal modern style and the first to attempt a history of English drama in his essay "Of Dramatick Poesie" (1668). He eventually tired of playwriting and his final plays, such as the tragicomedy" Love Triumphant "(1694), were written to relieve financial problems after his fortunes fell with the abdication of James II.

Praise For Plutarch's Lives, Volume 1

"A Bible for heroes."

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