Essays

Paperback | April 6, 1993

byRobin PlutarchTranslated byRobin H. WaterfieldEditorIan Kidd

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Selections from one of the greatest essayists of the Graeco-Roman world

Plutarch used an encyclopedic knowledge of the Roman Empire to produce a compelling and individual voice. In this superb selection from his writings, he offers personal insights into moral subjects that include the virtue of listening, the danger of flattery and the avoidance of anger, alongside more speculative essays on themes as diverse as God's slowness to punish man, the use of reason by supposedly "irrational" animals and the death of his own daughter. Brilliantly informed, these essays offer a treasure-trove of ancient wisdom, myth and philosophy, and a powerful insight into a deeply intelligent man.

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Selections from one of the greatest essayists of the Graeco-Roman worldPlutarch used an encyclopedic knowledge of the Roman Empire to produce a compelling and individual voice. In this superb selection from his writings, he offers personal insights into moral subjects that include the virtue of listening, the danger of flattery and the...

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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...

Plutarch (c.50-c.120 AD) was a writer and thinker born into a wealthy, established family of Chaeronea in central Greece. He received the best possible education in rhetoric and philosophy, and traveled to Asia Minor and Egypt. Later, a series of visits to Rome and Italy contributed to his fame, which was given official recognition by ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.9 inPublished:April 6, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140445641

ISBN - 13:9780140445640

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction

ON LISTENING
Introduction
Essay

HOW TO DISTINGUISH A FLATTERER FROM A FRIEND
Introduction
Essay

ON BEING AWARE OF MORAL PROGRESS
Introduction
Essay

WHETHER MILITARY OR INTELLECTUAL EXPLOITS HAVE BROUGHT ATHENS MORE FAME
Introduction
Essay

ON THE AVOIDANCE OF ANGER
Introduction
Essay

ON CONTENTMENT
Introduction
Essay

ON GOD'S SLOWNESS TO PUNISH
Introduction
Essay

ON SOCRATES' PERSONAL DEITY
Introduction
Essay

IN CONSOLATION TO HIS WIFE
Introduction
Essay

ON THE USE OF REASON BY 'IRRATIONAL' ANIMALS
Introduction
Essay

Bibliography
Textual Appendix
Descriptive Index of Proper Names