The Age of Alexander

Plutarch - Author

Ian Scott-Kilvert - Translator

Timothy E. Duff - Translator

Timothy E. Duff - Introduction by

Timothy E. Duff - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140449358 | 480 pages | 29 May 2012 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Plutarch's influential writings on the ancient world.

Plutarch's parallel biographies of the great men in Greek and Roman history are cornerstones of European literature, drawn on by countless writers since the Renaissance. This selection provides intimate glimpses into the lives of these men, revealing 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 self-destructed after conquering half the world.