|Title||:||Plutarch's "Lives", 2 Volume Set: Selected Lives from the Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans|
|Number of Pages||:||656 Pages|
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Plutarch's "Lives", 2 Volume Set: Selected Lives from the Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans Reviews
It took me months to read this book, and I think I deserve a medal of some kind for my persistence. The original Parallel Lives was written in Greek some time during the early first or second centuries. The version I read was Selected Lives in the Wordsworth Classics paperback edition. The text is sixteenth-century English, translated from a sixteenth-century French translation of Plutarch.This is the edition of Plutarch that Shakespeare learnt in school and its contents formed the subject-matter of many of his plays: Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra, Coriolanus. The Wordsworth edition contains the lives of Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus and Marcus Antonius, as well as those of Theseus, Dion of Syracuse, Cicero and many more. These stories were once part of most people’s education, and they still form part of the heritage of Western culture. Thus we still speak of a ‘Pyrrhic’ victory, but those who have never read Plutarch’s life of Pyrrus will not know the amusing origin of the adjective. In fact, the material of these stories is familiar stuff, though the stories themselves may be new to many of us.I am happy I finished this book, in this particular edition, which has literary significance to readers in English because of the Shakespearean connexion. But at my age, I am compelled to wonder whether such a large investment of time was at all profitable. There are easier ways to hear these stories.