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Age of Alexander, The

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  • Age of Alexander, The 
    Title: Age of Alexander, The
    Author: PLUTARCH
    Illustrator: DUFF TIMOTHY (TRANS)
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 28/11/2011
    Imprint: PENGUIN
    Price: $28.00
    Publishing status: Active

    'Wisdom and justice must be accompanied by power and good fortune if a man's actions are to be seen as noble as well as great'

    Plutarch's parallel biographies of the great men in Greek and Roman history are cornerstones of European Literature, drawn on by writers and statesmen since the Renaissance, most notably by Shakespeare. This selection provides intimate glimpses into the lives of these men, depicting, as he put it, 'those actions which illuminate the workings of the soul'. We learn why the mild Artaxerxes forced the killer of his usurping brother to undergo the horrific 'death of two boats'; why the noble Dion repeatedly risked his life for the ungrateful mobs of Syracuse; why Demosthenes delivered a funeral oration for the soldiers he had deserted in battle; and why Alexander, the most enigmatic of tyrants, self-destructed after conquering half the world.

    Timothy Duff's new edition of Ian Scott-Kilvert's translation includes a general introduction and new introductions and biographical additions to each Life. He has also added two Lives previously not included, of Artaxerxes (450 - 359 BC), the Great King of Persia, and Eumenes (361

    ISBN: 9780140449358

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