Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans Vol. 1

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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) (8 hr 43 min)


Introduction 7:21 Read by Graham Redman
Theseus pt 1 23:04 Read by Robin Cotter
Theseus pt 2 28:50 Read by Robin Cotter
Theseus pt 3 23:35 Read by Robin Cotter
Romulus pt 1 23:37 Read by Anna Simon
Romulus pt 2 26:00 Read by Anna Simon
Romulus pt 3 29:25 Read by Anna Simon
Comparison of Theseus & Romulus 12:23 Read by Great Plains
Lycurgus pt 1 33:25 Read by Graham Redman
Lycurgus pt 2 37:42 Read by Graham Redman
Lycurgus pt 3 31:08 Read by Graham Redman
Numa pt 1 23:59 Read by mb
Numa pt 2 24:21 Read by mb
Numa pt 3 28:49 Read by mb
Comparison of Lycurgus & Numa 15:00 Read by Great Plains
Solon pt 1 30:30 Read by Graham Redman
Solon pt 2 31:18 Read by Graham Redman
Solon pt 3 33:19 Read by Graham Redman
Publicola pt 1 25:14 Read by ontheroad
Publicola pt 2 24:57 Read by ontheroad
Comparison of Solon & Publicola 9:12 Read by ontheroad


Very clear reading of a good translation

(4 stars)

I used this with our 11-year-old son for his home education. He enjoyed the battles ("punch ups")and found the narrator was easy to follow as he read along in the written text. This has made him keen to study another life. Thank you for your hard work.


(5 stars)

brilliant reading by the Author. Brilliant book