Which Translation of Plutarch’s Lives is the Best?

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.

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.