Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans Vol. 1

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 copy-right 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 1 presents the paired lives of Theseus and Romulus, Lycurgus and Numa, and Solon and Poplicola. (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 00 Introduction Graham Redman
00:07:21
Play 01 Theseus pt 1 Robin Cotter
00:23:04
Play 02 Theseus pt 2 Robin Cotter
00:28:50
Play 03 Theseus pt 3 Robin Cotter
00:23:35
Play 04 Romulus pt 1 Anna Simon
00:23:37
Play 05 Romulus pt 2 Anna Simon
00:26:00
Play 06 Romulus pt 3 Anna Simon
00:29:25
Play 07 Comparison of Theseus & Romulus Great Plains
00:12:23
Play 08 Lycurgus pt 1 Graham Redman
00:33:25
Play 09 Lycurgus pt 2 Graham Redman
00:37:42
Play 10 Lycurgus pt 3 Graham Redman
00:31:08
Play 11 Numa pt 1 mb
00:23:59
Play 12 Numa pt 2 mb
00:24:21
Play 13 Numa pt 3 mb
00:28:49
Play 14 Comparison of Lycurgus & Numa Great Plains
00:15:00
Play 15 Solon pt 1 Graham Redman
00:30:30
Play 16 Solon pt 2 Graham Redman
00:31:18
Play 17 Solon pt 3 Graham Redman
00:33:19
Play 18 Publicola pt 1 ontheroad
00:25:14
Play 19 Publicola pt 2 ontheroad
00:24:57
Play 20 Comparison of Solon & Publicola ontheroad
00:09:12