The Makers of Rome: Nine Lives

The Makers of Rome: Nine Lives

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Overview

Nine biographies that illuminate the careers, personalities and military campaigns of some of Rome's greatest statesmen

The lives of the statesmen featured in this collection span the earliest days of the Republic to the establishment of the Empire. Selected from Plutarch's Roman Lives, they include prominent figures who achieved fame for their pivotal roles in Roman history, such as soldierly Marcellus, eloquent Cato and cautious Fabius. Here too are vivid portraits of ambitious, hot-tempered Coriolanus; objective, principled Brutus and open-hearted Mark Anthony, who would later be brought to life by Shakespeare. In recounting the lives of these great leaders, Plutarch also explores the problems of statecraft and power and illustrates the Roman people's genius for political compromise, which led to their mastery of the ancient world.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140441581
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1965
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 313,311
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Plutarch's life spanned the second half of the 1st century AD. He was highly educated in rhetoric and philosophy at Athens but his deep interest in religion led him to Delphi, where he was eventually appointed a priesthood. He travelled, most crucially to Rome, where he lectured and made friends of considerable influence. He wrote and taught throughout his life.

Ian Scott-Kilvert was the director of English Literature at the British Council and the editor of Writers and their Works. He has tranlsated three other of Plutarch's works for the Penguin Classics. He died in 1989.

Table of Contents

Makers of RomeIntroduction

1. Coriolanus

2. Fabius Maximus

3. Macellus

4. Cato the Elder

5. Tiberius Gracchus

6. Gaius Gracchus

7. Sertorius

8. Brutus

9. Mark Antony

Appendix
Maps

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The Makers of Rome: Nine Lives 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Richard7920 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent description of the figures involved in the Roman Civil War with biased but entertaining observations about Mark Antony
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This book features nine Roman figures from the early times of the Republic to the death of Marc Anthony. Plutarch writes biographies clearly and gives the reader a well rounded idea of the political, economic, military, and religious happenings of Rome. This is an excellent and entertaining near-primary historical source to read.