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PLUTARCH: Greek Lives

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Plutarch's series of biographies was the first of its kind, as much ground breaking in conception as Herodotus was with his Histories. Plutarch looked at the great men of the Ancient World and told their stories, in many cases drawing on sources no longer available to us. They offer a unique insight into the characters as well as the achievements of men who influenced their age and the empires that their culture dominated. They are as accessible now as they were when they were first written. It is the companion volume to Roman Lives, also read with style by Nicholas Farrell on Naxos AudioBooks.
Item number NA628912
Barcode 9789626342893
Release date 19/09/2003
Media type CD
Number of units 6
Disc: 1
Lycurgus (6th or 7th Century BC)
1 Introduction
2 Plutarch's desire to make his subject's 'habit of
3 Lycurgus (6th or 7th Century BC)
4 Soon after, an overture was made to him by the que
5 From Crete he sailed to Asia
6 Amongst the many changes and alterations which Lyc
7 After the creation of the thirty senators
8 So there was now no more means of purchasing forei
9 This last ordinance in particular exasperated the
10 Lycurgus would never reduce his laws into writing
11 These public processions of the maidens
12 Lycurgus allowed a man who was advanced in years a
13 After they were twelve years old
14 Their lovers and favourers, too, had a share in th
15 Nor was their instruction in music and verse
16 To return to the Lacedaemonians
17 The senate, as I said before, consisted of those w
18 When he perceived that his more important institut
19 Themistocles (527-460 BC)
20 It is said that Themistocles
21 He went beyound all men in the passion for distinc
22 Having taken upon himself the command of the Athen
23 Now, though Xerxes had already passed through Dori
24 Eurybiades, by the reason of the greatness of Spar
25 Themistocles, knowing the generosity of Aristides
Disc: 2
Pericles (495-429 BC)
1 After this eas-fight, Xerxes, enraged at his ill-f
2 He was, indeed, by nature, a great lover of honour
3 When Pausanias went about this treasonable design
4 Thucydides says, that, passing over land to the Ae
5 When he was introduced to the king
6 Themistocles replied, that a man's discourse was l
7 But when Egypt revolted, being assisted by the Ath
8 Pericles (495-429 BC)
9 For this man, Pericles entertained an extraordinar
10 He immediately entered
11 Finding himself come sort of his competitor, Cimon
12 Cimon, while he was admiral
13 Pericles on the other hand
14 Phidias had the oversight of all the works
15 At length, coming to a final contest with Thucydid
16 Of all his expeditions
17 For, in the first place, the Euboeans revolted
18 Pericles, however, was particularly charged with h
19 After this was over, the Peloponnesian war beginni
20 The people receiving and admitting these accusatio
21 In the first place, the pestilential disease
22 Alcibiades (450-404 BC)
23 Unawares to himself
24 Whilst he was very young
25 He had great advantages for entering public life
Disc: 3
Alcibiades (450-404 BC)
1 Alcibiades was not less disturbed at the distincti
2 When they were met
3 After this battle at Mantinea
4 The truth is, his liberalities, his public shows
5 Together with Alcibiades
6 Alcibiades perceived the malice of this postponeme
7 The information against him was conceived in this
8 At Sparta, he was devoted to athletic exercises
9 Thus Alcibiades, quitting the interests of the Spa
10 Alcibiades at once dispatched messengers to Samos
11 The people in the city were terrified into submiss
12 But about thirty days after, Alcibiades escaped fr
13 Alcibiades, as soon as he saw the torch lifted upi
14 And now Alcibiades began to desire to see his nati
15 But notwithstanding the affairs of Alcibiades went
16 How far his own inclinations led him to usurp sove
17 As soon as Alcibiades heard of this
18 Yet in this sad state of affairs
19 Lysander (439-395 BC)
20 Understanding that Cyrus, the king's son
21 But to those who loved honest and noble behaviour
22 But on the fifth day
23 Lysander with his fleet passed to Asia
24 Lysander, after this, sails out to Thrace
25 This ambitious temper was indeed only burdensome t
26 And having hardly and with difficulty obtained lea
Disc: 4
Lysander (439-395 BC)
1 When King Agis died
2 Immediately, therefore, Lysander spurred him on to
3 Upon this he was sent ambassador to the Hellespont
4 And being now grown violent in his temper
5 Alexander (356-323 BC)
6 The statues that gave the best representation of A
7 The care of his education, as it might be presumed
8 After this, considering him to be of a temper easy
9 But the disorders of his family
10 When he came to Thebes
11 Then he went to Delphi
12 In the meantime Darius's captains having collected
13 This battle presently made a great change of affai
14 Darius was by this time upon his march from Susa
15 There was at this time in Darius's army a Macedoni
16 But as he was going to supper
17 Alexander, that he might refresh his army
18 This was a long and painful, and, in two respects,
19 Darius wrote him a letter
20 But to return to Alexander
21 His sword, which was the weapon he used most in fi
22 From hence he marched through the province of Baby
23 What she said was received with such universal lik
24 But when he perceived his favourites grow so luxur
25 He now, as we said, set forth to seek Darius
Disc: 5
Alexander (356-323 BC)
1 And now with the flower of his army he marched int
2 Apprehending the Macedonians would be weary of pur
3 Noticing, also, that among his chief friends and f
4 But he, for what reason is uncertain
5 The king had a present of Grecian fruit brought hi
6 'We are sufficiently punished already'
7 Upon this, at last, Alexander, snatching a spear f
8 Alexander now intent upon his expedition into Indi
9 Nor did they judge amiss
10 This discourse pleased Alexander
11 Almost all the historians agree
12 Alexander was now eager to see the ocean
13 His voyage down the rivers took up seven months' t
14 At Gedrosia, his admiral, Nearchus
15 The thirty thousand boys whom he left behind him t
16 As he was upon his way to Babylon
17 But the journals give the following record
18 Demosthenes (384-322 BC)
19 As soon, therefore, as he was grown up to man's es
20 Whence then, may some say
21 However, finding it a hard matter
22 It was evident
23 But there was, it should seem
Disc: 6
Pyrrhus (329-272 BC)
1 Demosthenes had secret intelligence of the death o
2 It was not long after that Harpalus fled from Alex
3 Demosthenes resisted the inquisition
4 Yet it was no long time that he enjoyed his countr
5 Pyrrhus (329-272 BC)
6 When he was twelve years old
7 From this time he began to revolve many and vast p
8 After this battle, Pyrrhus
9 But Lysimachus now arriving, and claiming the defe
10 There was one Cineas, a Thessalian
11 And first, he sent away Cineas to the Tarentines
12 He now received intelligence that Laevinus
13 This made Pyrrhus use greater caution
14 Then Caius Fabricius came in embassy from the Roma
15 The Romans, not having those advantages of retreat
16 And being elevated with his good fortune
17 He divided his army into two parts
18 His affairs being yet unsettled
19 Pyrrhus himself, in person
20 Pyrrhus, upon the coming of these additional force
21 In the dead of the night
22 Pyrrhus, seeing this storm and confusion of things
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