Makers of Rome: Nine Lives ( Coriolanus, Fabius Maximus, Marcellus, Cato the Elder, Tiberius Gracchus, Gaius Gracchus, Sertorius, Brutus & Mark Antony) #2020

Makers of Rome: Nine Lives ( Coriolanus, Fabius Maximus, Marcellus, Cato the Elder, Tiberius Gracchus, Gaius Gracchus, Sertorius, Brutus & Mark Antony) By Plutarch Ian Scott-Kilvert Makers of Rome Nine Lives Coriolanus Fabius Maximus Marcellus Cato the Elder Tiberius Gracchus Gaius Gracchus Sertorius Brutus Mark Antony These nine biographies illuminate the careers personalities and military campaigns of some of Rome s greatest statesmen whose lives span the earliest days of the Republic to the establishment of the
  • Title: Makers of Rome: Nine Lives ( Coriolanus, Fabius Maximus, Marcellus, Cato the Elder, Tiberius Gracchus, Gaius Gracchus, Sertorius, Brutus & Mark Antony)
  • Author: Plutarch Ian Scott-Kilvert
  • ISBN: 9780140441581
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • Makers of Rome: Nine Lives ( Coriolanus, Fabius Maximus, Marcellus, Cato the Elder, Tiberius Gracchus, Gaius Gracchus, Sertorius, Brutus & Mark Antony) By Plutarch Ian Scott-Kilvert
    Makers of Rome: Nine Lives ( Coriolanus, Fabius Maximus, Marcellus, Cato the Elder, Tiberius Gracchus, Gaius Gracchus, Sertorius, Brutus & Mark Antony) By Plutarch Ian Scott-Kilvert These nine biographies illuminate the careers, personalities and military campaigns of some of Rome s greatest statesmen, whose lives 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, eloquentThese nine biographies illuminate the careers, personalities and military campaigns of some of Rome s greatest statesmen, whose lives 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.
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    • Plutarch Ian Scott-Kilvert

      Plutarch, later named, upon becoming a Roman citizen, Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus AD 46 AD 120 was a Greek historian, biographer, and essayist, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia He is classified as a Middle Platonist Plutarch s surviving works were written in Greek, but intended for both Greek and Roman readers.

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    • A delightful, colorful, and personal history of the politics of Rome Clearly, Plutarch was an adherent of the Great Man Theory, and he was lucky to have plenty of them to choose from.Plutarch s history is anecdotal, collecting all the common stories about the men who defined Rome and Greece, in other volumes It is an unusual way to write a history, or an autobiography, but it has the benefit of telling us a great deal about the empire, its people, and their stories, even if the biographical elem [...]


    • Gracchi brothers Two of the most interesting characters of the mid to late Republic Sertorius Interesting guy, should be as well known as Sulla and Marius, don t know if he is.Brutus Antony They had the most riveting and probably the longest biographies So much fun to read.


    • Plutarch selects nine figures from the earliest Republic to the Empire under Octavian Plutarch s choice shows his perception on Roman virtues perhaps best exemplified through the courage and leadership skills of Fabius and Sertorius Moreover, Plutarch s admiration for the idea of Rome , the thought that as Rome grew, the individual perished, is seen throughout The great men of Rome were borne by this idea, and this played an important part in Plutarch s choosing of the men It should also be note [...]


    • These Romans are crazy.Despite knowing very little about the Roman republic before reading this book I found it very easy to understand roughly the various positions and terms, and it s all very easy to read and both interesting and entertaining It s pretty clear that Plutarch didn t let facts get in the way of a good story especially in the case of Mark Antony but there are plenty of footnotes throughout the book and an appendix specifically related to the historical facts of the life of Mark A [...]


    • When all the wealth of the Antigonid dynasty fell into Roman hands during the mid 2nd century, there was a lot of corruption The Gracchi brothers meant to set that straight introducing a land bill that would make Ted Turner cringe, Tiberius Gracchus represented what the republic could ve been Along with his brother, Gaius, these two champions of the people were brutally murdered, setting the stage for the incredibly dramatic and disgusting power politics of the first century Instead of a people [...]


    • I believe that lucky are those who get to dwell on thoughts and instances that have been left behind by Plutarch There are many flaws in his renditions and when narrating the Mark Anthony Cleopatra chapter one can see and feel his animosity to them through words and characterization that is alien to his other characters Once again he has taken us into the souls of the Romans who were resolute in their beliefs and stood up what they perceived was needed of them Finally losing the perspective that [...]


    • A wonderful collection of biographies I am impressed by Plutarch s ability to describe the best and worst of each man, in particular in regards to Cato and Fabius His dislike for Antony comes through though, and that biography strikes me as too long Yet even there he admits that Antony had some talents and high points It is nice to see a man who does not veer between hagiography and a hatchet job, both of which are too common nowadays as in the last 400 years.


    • Compelling reading One reviewer remarked on the difficulty of the writing My translation by Scott Kilvert was easy to read and follow The Romans valued military prowess and politics and both were in continuous flux Not many leaders died of old age but were killed in war, died by their own hand, or were the victim of political assassination.Read the section on Mark Antony and based on your response, continue or not with the other biographies.This entire book is well worth reading.


    • Not being familiar with the works of Plutarch, I made the mistake of buying this abridged version rather than the complete Parallel Lives This was the only problem I had with the book and I m not sure I m being fair by giving it just four stars The extant 23 lives must make a large book and I suppose it wouldn t sell as well as a limited selection Update it seems the complete Lives cannot be had for love or money, though there are larger, two volume sets The translation is highly readable and th [...]


    • I am struck again and again how lively the writing of the ancients still seems today This is another one of those occasions The Romans are a fascinating bunch anyway, if not always easy to love, but this collection of nine of the Lives truly animates them and makes them seem to occupy the room with one.Two of the Lives covered here have awoken in the English speaking consciousness through their treatment by Shakespeare not to mention by Richard Burton and Liz Taylor Through Julius Caesar and Ant [...]


    • This is a selection from Plutarch s parallel lives focusing on notable Romans of the Republic Interestingly, three of the lives covered here were the direct inspiration for Shakespeare Coriolanus, Brutus and Marc Anthony Plutarch knows how to spin a yarn and further how to make a character come vividly to life In effect his writing provides short but memorable sketches which focus on character Plutarch is also not an intellectual slouch and will occasionally spit out fascinating observations How [...]


    • Broken into short stories of various leaders from the Roman Republic Plutarch examines individual Romans who had a profound effect upon the history of the Republic All of the tales are wonderfully romantic and have been the basis of a wealth of literature and prose since they were written If you read nothing else from this collection you must read the chapters on the Gracchi, Gauius and Tiberius Their story incites such passion in me as it recounts the eternal battle between the masses and the r [...]


    • What a good idea by the editors of Penguin Classics to move away from Plutarch s pairing of Greek and Roman statesmen by virtues a sometimes questionable process and move toward grouping the Lives by theme This book is a good companion to the Fall of the Roman Republic and contains some of Plutarch s most arresting portraits, including my favourite, the life of Mark Antony A great read if you are interested in old school portraits of morality, sources of inspiration for Shakespeare or Roman hist [...]


    • Dunno if it was Plutarch or the translator but the writing style is atrocious The footnotes by the editor explaining the parts where Plutarch had his info wrong makes me wonder if i can trust anything he wrote anyway, I only read it for one chapter and a person who had taken the book out from the library at some point before me and gone through and underlined about 90% of the chapter sweet not.


    • There is no delightful retailer of anecdotes than Plutarch Many memorable phrases and quotations found their way into my file of commonplaces for future reference It s also nice to have the history of Rome in one s head many of the greatest political writers and thinkers have had Plutarch as the foundation of their political thought.


    • Plutarch vividly brings to life some of the most significant personalities of the Roman Republic His observations and often cutting bias provide interesting insight into the characteristics and motivation of some of the most eminent figures of Ancient Rome.


    • Packed full of information I had to read this book for my college western civilization class Though it was a little cumbersome and tedious to read, I found it to be quite an interesting read For me, it took a few reads for me to understand the syntax.




    • I had to read brutus life for English and could barely understand it and I m simply not particularly interested in this topic I just felt like I needed to justify myself in giving it 1 star


    • A classic, must read for anyone interested in the history of Rome Learn life lessons from some of the great figures of Roman history.







    • Good for academics and those seeking a new understanding of Rome it is better to read the Greek and roman lives next to each other but not necessary.


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