Why Does Plutarch Compare Greeks with Romans?

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?

What’s the Best 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.

Learning and Playing with Math

Some key vocabulary that the Greeks gave us about Math; my busy summer schedule; and how teaching, learning, and playing relate.

Seeing Dragons

Dragon has an intriguing etymology that has to do with sight and traces all the way back to the Homeric epics. Can you stand the sight of a dragon?

Defining and Defending History: Polybius

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?

Defining and Defending History: Thucydides

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!

Defining and Defending History: Herodotus

Herodotus has been known as the “Father of History” but has also been called the “Father of Lies.” Why did he write his history? Let’s hear from him in his own words.