Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans Vol. 3

Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus (c. 46 - c. 120)
Translated by Bernadotte Perrin (1847 - 1920)

Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings. The surviving lives contain twenty-three pairs of biographies, each pair consisting of one Greek and one Roman, as well as four unpaired, single lives.

Plutarch was not concerned with writing histories, as such, but in exploring the influence of character, good or bad, on the lives and destinies of famous men. The first pair of lives the Epaminondas-Scipio Africanus no longer exists, and many of the remaining lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae and/or have been tampered with by later writers.

His Life of Alexander is one of the five surviving secondary or tertiary sources about Alexander the Great and it includes anecdotes and descriptions of incidents that appear in no other source. Likewise, his portrait of Numa Pompilius, an early Roman king, also contains unique information about the early Roman calendar.

In this copyright expired 11-volume translation from the Loeb Classical library, the order of the paired lives is rearranged to present the Greek lives in chronological order. Vol 3 presents the paired lives of Pericles and Fabius Maximus and Nicias and Crassus. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Karen Merline.)

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography, Antiquity

Language: English

Group: Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans by Plutarch

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Pericles pt 1 Sibella Denton
Play 02 Pericles pt 2 Sibella Denton
Play 03 Pericles pt 3 Sibella Denton
Play 04 Pericles pt 4 Sibella Denton
Play 05 Fabius Maximus pt 1 Sibella Denton
Play 06 Fabius Maximus pt 2 Sibella Denton
Play 07 Fabius Maximus pt 3 Sibella Denton
Play 08 Comparison of Pericles to Fabius Maximus Sibella Denton
Play 09 Nicias pt 1 Sibella Denton
Play 10 Nicias pt 2 Sibella Denton
Play 11 Nicias pt 3 Sibella Denton
Play 12 Marcus Licinius Crassus pt 1 ontheroad
Play 13 Marcus Licinius Crassus pt 2 ontheroad
Play 14 Marcus Licinius Crassus pt 3 ontheroad
Play 15 Marcus Licinius Crassus pt 4 ontheroad
Play 16 Comparison of Nicias to Crassus ontheroad