It has been a hectic few weeks, with returning to work and welcoming students back to school, but I have finally finished another book. The Oxford World’s Classics edition of Plutarch’s Greek Lives contains a selection of nine lives ranging from the ancient lawgivers Lycurgus and Solon to the inimitable Alexander. Plutarch’s aim is not careful history, but moral biography. He focuses less on the great events in the lives of these men and more on anecdotes that illustrate their character. Plutarch has a remarkable talent as a storyteller. His lives are captivating and informative, containing historical gems that have not survived from any other sources. Although he wrote in the late first and early second centuries, he relies on many sources contemporary to his subjects. Many of these eminent ancients have faded from the common memory. Plutarch’s works serve to preserve the examples of these men for future generations. I particularly enjoyed the lives of Alcibiades and Alexander. My only caution about this book is that it can take a bit to get into, especially when you are trying to clean and decorate a classroom and craft lesson plans before the barbarian hordes return.
The Current Count:
53 Read, 47 To Go