Plutarch’s parallel biographies end with a comparative essay of the Greek and Roman hero. Why does Plutarch compare Greece and Rome? How should we go about reading these appended essays to get the most out of them?
Word-nerds are always delighted to come across words they don’t know and can’t even figure out in context. Check out a few I picked up from reading all of the Dryden-Clough translation of Plutarch’s Lives.
See a side-by-side comparison of the most common Plutarch translations currently available in English. Make an informed decision about what kind of English prose you prefer as you sit at the feet of the master biographer.
Polybius asserts that the best training for politics is the study of history. But why does a Greek prisoner-of-war pen a history praising the virtues of his captors? Does he have any other reasons for writing history?
In the second post on the historians defending themselves, Thucydides not only vociferously defends his history, but he attacks inferior historians too! Read more about Thucydides’s definition and defense of history!