The Morals (Moralia), Book 1


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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) (22 hr 14 min)

Chapters

01 - Editor's Preface 11:58 Read by Martin Geeson
02 - Introduction by Ralph Waldo Emerson 52:56 Read by Lucretia B.
03 - A Discourse Touching the Training of Children, part 1 27:45 Read by Anna Simon
04 - A Discourse Touching the Training of Children, part 2 40:06 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
05 - Concerning the Cure of Anger: a Dialogue, part 1 34:24 Read by Lucretia B.
06 - Concerning the Cure of Anger: a Dialogue, part 2 33:32 Read by Lucretia B.
07 - Of Bashfulness 42:29 Read by Wendy Almeida
08 - That Virtue May Be Taught 6:56 Read by Snapdragon
09 - The Account of the Laws and Customs of the Lacedaemonians 53:41 Read by Cynthia Moyer
10 - Concerning Music, part 1 31:39 Read by Kalynda
11 - Concerning Music, part 2 27:55 Read by Kalynda
12 - Of the Tranquillity of the Mind, part 1 31:06 Read by BensonBrunswin
13 - Of the Tranquillity of the Mind, part 2 30:30 Read by BensonBrunswin
14- Of Superstition or Indiscreet Devotion 47:14 Read by Cynthia Moyer
15 - The Apophthegms Or Remarkable Sayings of Kings and Great Commanders, part 1 39:02 Read by Cynthia Moyer
16 - The Apophthegms Or Remarkable Sayings of Kings and Great Commanders, part 2 54:21 Read by Cynthia Moyer
17 - The Apophthegms Or Remarkable Sayings of Kings and Great Commanders, part 3 50:39 Read by Cynthia Moyer
18 - The Apophthegms Or Remarkable Sayings of Kings and Great Commanders, part 4 54:59 Read by Cynthia Moyer
19 - Plutarch’s Rules For the Preservation of Health: a Dialogue, part 1 30:17 Read by Anna Simon
20 - Plutarch’s Rules For the Preservation of Health: a Dialogue, part 2 27:58 Read by Anna Simon
21 - How a Man May Receive Advantage and Profit From His Enemies 35:41 Read by Kenji Yamada
22 - Consolation to Apollonius, part 1 30:23 Read by Lucretia B.
23 - Consolation to Apollonius, part 2 36:09 Read by Lucretia B.
24 - Consolation to Apollonius, part 3 40:12 Read by Lucretia B.
25 - Concerning the Virtues of Women, part 1 45:28 Read by Cynthia Moyer
26 - Concerning the Virtues of Women, part 2 48:34 Read by Cynthia Moyer
27 - Concerning the Virtues of Women, part 3 34:54 Read by Cynthia Moyer
28 - Laconic Apophthegms; Or Remarkable Sayings of the Spartans, part 1 48:33 Read by Cynthia Moyer
29 - Laconic Apophthegms; Or Remarkable Sayings of the Spartans, part 2 56:56 Read by Cynthia Moyer
30 - Laconic Apophthegms; Or Remarkable Sayings of the Spartans, part 3 42:11 Read by Cynthia Moyer
31 - Of Hearing, part 1 23:32 Read by Anna Simon
32 - Of Hearing, part 2 24:05 Read by Anna Simon
33 - Of Large Acquaintance; Or, an Essay to Prove the Folly of Seeking Many Fri… 26:02 Read by Marilyn Mack
34 - The First Oration of Plutarch Concerning the Fortune Or Virtue of Alexande… 40:19 Read by KK
35 - The Second Oration of Plutarch Concerning the Fortune Or Virtue of Alexand… 40:58 Read by KK
36 - The Second Oration of Plutarch Concerning the Fortune Or Virtue of Alexand… 31:04 Read by KK

Reviews

Was Alexander Brave or Fortunate?


(5 stars)

Thanks for this group recording. I won't say any more because silence is golden.

great book book, well read , thank you


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