The Rise and Fall of Athens - Penguin Ancient Classics

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Plutarch traces the fortunes of Athens through nine lives - from Theseus, its founder, to Lysander, its Spartan conqueror - in this seminal work

What makes a leader? For Plutarch the answer lay not in great victories, but in moral strengths. In these nine biographies, taken from his Parallel Lives, Plutarch illustrates the rise and fall of Athens through nine lives, from the legendary days of Theseus, the city's founder, through Solon, Themistocles, Aristides, Cimon, Pericles, Nicias and Alcibiades, to the razing of its walls by Lysander. Plutarch ultimately held the weaknesses of its leaders responsible for the city's fall. His work is invaluable for its imaginative reconstruction of the past, and profound insights into human life and achievement. This edition of Ian Scott-Kilvert's seminal translation, fully revised with a new introduction and notes by John Marincola, now also contains Plutarch's attack on the first historian, 'On the Malice of Herodotus'.

Book information

ISBN: 9780140449051
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 938.0099
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 522g
Height: 129mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 36mm