The Morals (Moralia), Book 1

Lucius Mestrius PLUTARCHUS (c. 46 - c. 120), translated by William W. GOODWIN (1831 - 1912)

The Moralia (or The morals or Matters relating to customs and mores) is a work by the 1st-century Greek scholar Plutarch of Chaeronea. It is a collection of 78 essays and transcribed speeches that give an insight into Roman and Greek life. Extremely popular for centuries, Plutarch's Morals have been read and imitated by many generations of Europeans, including Montaigne and the Renaissance Humanists and Enlightenment philosophers. Some of the most famous chapters on history are "On the Fortune or the Virtue of Alexander the Great" — an adjunct to his Life of the great general — "On the Worship of Isis and Osiris" - a crucial source of information on Egyptian religious rites - and "On the Malice of Herodotus", in which Plutarch criticizes what he sees as systematic bias in the Father of History's work; some important philosophical treatises are "On the Decline of the Oracles", "On the Delays of the Divine Vengeance" and "On Peace of Mind'. But the Morals also bring in some lighter fare, such as "Odysseus and Gryllus", a humorous dialog between Homer's Odysseus and one of Circe's enchanted pigs. The Moralia were composed first, while the Lives occupied much of the last two decades of Plutarch's own life. Some editions of the Moralia include several works now known to be pseudepigrapha: among these are the "Lives of the Ten Orators" (biographies of the Ten Orators of ancient Athens, based on Caecilius of Calacte), "The Doctrines of the Philosophers", and "On Music". One "pseudo-Plutarch" is held responsible for all of these works, though their authorship is of course unknown. This book is also famously the first reference to the problem of the chicken and the egg. (Summary by Leni)

Genre(s): Self-Help, Essays, Ancient

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Editor's Preface Martin Geeson
00:11:58
Play 02 02 - Introduction by Ralph Waldo Emerson Lucretia B.
00:52:56
Play 03 03 - A Discourse Touching the Training of Children, part 1 Anna Simon
00:27:45
Play 04 04 - A Discourse Touching the Training of Children, part 2 Kevin W. Davidson
00:40:06
Play 05 05 - Concerning the Cure of Anger: a Dialogue, part 1 Lucretia B.
00:34:24
Play 06 06 - Concerning the Cure of Anger: a Dialogue, part 2 Lucretia B.
00:33:32
Play 07 07 - Of Bashfulness Wendy Almeida
00:42:29
Play 08 08 - That Virtue May Be Taught Snapdragon
00:06:56
Play 09 09 - The Account of the Laws and Customs of the Lacedaemonians Cynthia Moyer
00:53:41
Play 10 10 - Concerning Music, part 1 Kalynda
00:31:39
Play 11 11 - Concerning Music, part 2 Kalynda
00:27:55
Play 12 12 - Of the Tranquillity of the Mind, part 1 BensonBrunswin
00:31:06
Play 13 13 - Of the Tranquillity of the Mind, part 2 BensonBrunswin
00:30:30
Play 14 14- Of Superstition or Indiscreet Devotion Cynthia Moyer
00:47:14
Play 15 15 - The Apophthegms Or Remarkable Sayings of Kings and Great Commanders, part 1 Cynthia Moyer
00:39:02
Play 16 16 - The Apophthegms Or Remarkable Sayings of Kings and Great Commanders, part 2 Cynthia Moyer
00:54:21
Play 17 17 - The Apophthegms Or Remarkable Sayings of Kings and Great Commanders, part 3 Cynthia Moyer
00:50:39
Play 18 18 - The Apophthegms Or Remarkable Sayings of Kings and Great Commanders, part 4 Cynthia Moyer
00:54:59
Play 19 19 - Plutarch’s Rules For the Preservation of Health: a Dialogue, part 1 Anna Simon
00:30:17
Play 20 20 - Plutarch’s Rules For the Preservation of Health: a Dialogue, part 2 Anna Simon
00:27:58
Play 21 21 - How a Man May Receive Advantage and Profit From His Enemies Kenji Yamada
00:35:41
Play 22 22 - Consolation to Apollonius, part 1 Lucretia B.
00:30:23
Play 23 23 - Consolation to Apollonius, part 2 Lucretia B.
00:36:09
Play 24 24 - Consolation to Apollonius, part 3 Lucretia B.
00:40:12
Play 25 25 - Concerning the Virtues of Women, part 1 Cynthia Moyer
00:45:28
Play 26 26 - Concerning the Virtues of Women, part 2 Cynthia Moyer
00:48:34
Play 27 27 - Concerning the Virtues of Women, part 3 Cynthia Moyer
00:34:54
Play 28 28 - Laconic Apophthegms; Or Remarkable Sayings of the Spartans, part 1 Cynthia Moyer
00:48:33
Play 29 29 - Laconic Apophthegms; Or Remarkable Sayings of the Spartans, part 2 Cynthia Moyer
00:56:56
Play 30 30 - Laconic Apophthegms; Or Remarkable Sayings of the Spartans, part 3 Cynthia Moyer
00:42:11
Play 31 31 - Of Hearing, part 1 Anna Simon
00:23:32
Play 32 32 - Of Hearing, part 2 Anna Simon
00:24:05
Play 33 33 - Of Large Acquaintance; Or, an Essay to Prove the Folly of Seeking Many Friends Marilyn Mack
00:26:02
Play 34 34 - The First Oration of Plutarch Concerning the Fortune Or Virtue of Alexander the Great KK
00:40:19
Play 35 35 - The Second Oration of Plutarch Concerning the Fortune Or Virtue of Alexander the Great, part 1 KK
00:40:58
Play 36 36 - The Second Oration of Plutarch Concerning the Fortune Or Virtue of Alexander the Great, part 2 KK
00:31:04