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Plutarch's Lives is a fascinating collection of Plutarch's own biographies of famous men, both his contemporaries and the greats that came before him. Written in the 1st century, Plutarch focuses on the character of these men, both the good and bad, making this work of ethical and historical interest. Ray Atherton's deep-toned voice is suited well to this work of real gravitas. Atherton uses each word like the stroke of a brush to paint these robust pictures of men like Marc Antony, Theseus, and Romulus. With unique insight into the long-gone past, this audiobook is one of the more fascinating histories available.

Publisher's Summary

A brilliant Greek writer and philosopher, Plutarch wrote detailed biographies of 46 legendary Greek and Roman figures, four of whom are included in this important collection. He profiles one of his contemporaries, Marc Antony, who followed Caesar and seduced Cleopatra. The next installment features Cicero, an influential Roman orator, politician, statesman, and philosopher who brought Greek thought into his culture. The final 2 biographies focus on 2 of history's most famous mythical figures: Theseus, the Greek king who defeated the Minotaur, and Romulus, who was raised by a she-wolf and went on to found the Roman empire.

Plutarch's Lives remains an essential document of Greek and Roman history and mythology, preserving the stories of both cultures' greatest leaders for future generations.

Public Domain (P)1993 by Recorded Books, Inc.

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  • Larry
  • Irvine, CA, USA
  • 08-05-03

Priceless Record of the Past

The only reason I didn't give this five stars, is that it is abridged. The selections, however, reflect well the complete version. Plutarch's history of Europe's ancient past is invaluable for those looking to understand current events in light of history.

It is said that Benjamin Franklin read this book at the age of seven. If this is true, we may have discovered why he was known as the "Great Compromiser." A good understanding of history tends to create an appreciation of diverse views and more importantly, may build a since of humility as one sees themselves in the folly of others.

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Terrible quality recording of a great boook

Would you try another book from Plutarch and/or Ray Atherton?

Not sure.

Would you ever listen to anything by Plutarch again?

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Would you be willing to try another one of Ray Atherton’s performances?

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What character would you cut from Plutarch's Lives?

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Do not purchase this recording. It is extremely poor quality. I called to return this book and Audible would not allow the return. I told them of the quality and they essentially said too bad. This should be pulled from even being offered. Audible offers other quality recordings of this book. I am reluctant to suggest them given the unwillingness of Audible to make this right. Audible's customer service has definitely gone downhill. Beware don't purchase this product and don't expect Audible to have quality customer service. From a Platinum Member.

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