Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 2

  • by Plutarch, John Dryden (translator)
  • Narrated by Bernard Mayes
  • 41 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This book was the principal source for Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, and Antony and Cleopatra. It was also one of two books Mary Shelley chose for the blind hermit to use for Frankenstein’s monster’s education, with the other being the Bible.
Plutarch’s Lives remains one of the world’s most profoundly influential literary works. Written at the beginning of the second century, it forms a brilliant social history of the ancient world. His “parallel lives” were originally presented in a series of books that gave an account of one Greek and one Roman life, followed by a comparison of the two. Included are Romulus and Theseus, Pompey and Agesilaus, Dion and Brutus, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, Demosthenes and Cicero, and Demetrius and Antony.
Plutarch was a moralist of the highest order. “It was for the sake of others that I first commenced writing biographies,” he said, “but I find myself proceeding and attaching myself to it for my own; the virtues of these great men serving me as a sort of looking glass, in which I may see how to adjust and adorn my own life.”
This second volume includes Alexander and Caesar, Demetrius and Antony, Dion and Marcus Brutus, the aforementioned Demosthenes and Cicero, as well as biographies of Alexander, Caesar, Cato the Younger, and others.

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What the Critics Say

“Plutarch is my man.” (Montaigne)
“Away with your prismatics. I want a spermatic book… Plato, Plotinus, and Plutarch are such.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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You've seen the plays, now read the book!

The original source for many of Shakespeare's works & fascinating history. An excellent reading, marred slightly by over compression.
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- Godori

Great work shame about the reader

A work this important, that has shaped the way we think of history and formed the basis of a lot of English Literature should be rendered virtually unlistenable by a cod English upper middle class accent - even if it wasn't meant for the UK market it shows a slovenly lack of respect for the work - I'll go back and read it again for myself
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- hearne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-04-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.