Selected Lives and Essays Author:Plutarch This collection of Lives and Essays is translated from the Greek language by Louise Ropes Loomis. Plutarch was born a few years after Christ's death. He was born in Chaeronia, and seemed to have had a wonderful well balanced life - travel, supportive parents, and supported in his education if the state of the world and countries within. — The "L... more »ives" as they have come down for us, have been changed from their original form. The works he planned in this book were to consist of a series of parallels, one Greek, and One Roman, followed by a comparison, but as the reader sees, this collection is lacking in a number of cases. Several single lives, too, have been added. Also, some of the comparisons have been lost. He was a tempereate man, kind and sweet,and he knew how to create happiness around him, and almost everything in the world interested him. He studied astronomy, mathematics, Literature, and history. He writes on "The Training of Children", the Three Sorts of Government" The Virtues of Women, and of course, his favorite, Philosophy. What has made this book of "Lives" live for over 1800 years is that Plutarch's spirit breathes through it and sweeps the reader along, how good greatness and goodness are, etc.
This book is arranged with a TABLE OF CONTENTS under Heading "Volume One" and "Volume Two", an INTRODUCTION by Edith Hamilton,and a TRANSLATERS' NOTE, LIVES, ESSAYS, GLOSSARY, and MAPS. It describes lives such a Pericles, Demosthenes, Cicero, Ceasar, Antony, plus many more. There are also ESSAYS on "The Eating of Meat", "Peace of Mind", Rules for Husband and Wife, and more.« less
I Thoroughly enjoyed the book, and even more so the author. The book is full of positive takes on many things that were considered to be the opposite at the time. He wrote comparisons of one philosopher to another, or one leader to another. He also wrote short essays that at times appeared comedic, yet were written with such earnest, I thikn his personality lifted the text upward as he wrote it. He also was a traveling spokesman - a philosopher who studied his subject matter deeply, and translated it into something better than it started out to be.
I recommend this to those who are new at the studies of Philosophy as well as those who are well written in it.