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Essays

Plutarch - Author

Robin H. Waterfield - Translator

Ian Kidd - Editor

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ISBN 9780140445640 | 448 pages | 06 Apr 1993 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Born at the very heart of Greece—between Athens and Apollo's shrine at Delphi—in the mid-40s of the first century CE, Plutarch combined an intense love of his locality and family with a cosmopolitan outlook that embraced the whole Roman Empire. His encyclopaedic writings form a treasure trove of ancient wisdom, yet his strong religious feelings and deeply humanist temperament give them all a compelling and individual voice. Whether he is offering abstract speculation or practical ethics, fresh and arresting reflections on anger and flattery, military versus intellectual glory or the reasoning powers of animals, Plutarch's charm and personality constantly shine through. Above all, concludes Kidd, his essays remain magnificently readable, works that 'can still entertain, instruct, stimulate and educate us and also introduce us to one of the most attractive characters in classical literature'.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction

ON LISTENING
Introduction
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HOW TO DISTINGUISH A FLATTERER FROM A FRIEND
Introduction
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ON BEING AWARE OF MORAL PROGRESS
Introduction
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WHETHER MILITARY OR INTELLECTUAL EXPLOITS HAVE BROUGHT ATHENS MORE FAME
Introduction
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ON THE AVOIDANCE OF ANGER
Introduction
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ON CONTENTMENT
Introduction
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ON GOD'S SLOWNESS TO PUNISH
Introduction
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ON SOCRATES' PERSONAL DEITY
Introduction
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IN CONSOLATION TO HIS WIFE
Introduction
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ON THE USE OF REASON BY 'IRRATIONAL' ANIMALS
Introduction
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Bibliography
Textual Appendix
Descriptive Index of Proper Names

Plutarch of Chaeronea, suggests Ian Kidd in his introduction to this superb selection, ‘has a strong claim to be regarded as the best essayist of the Graeco-Roman world’.

Above all, says Kidd, his essays remain magnificently readable, works that ‘can still entertain, instruct, stimulate and educate us and also introduce us to one of the most attractive characters in classical literature’.