Plutarch was born into a prominent Greek family in the early days of the Roman Empire. He attained a liberal education and spent his early life as a civic leader and educator. He was best known for his biographies of leading figures in antiquity and his essays on ethics and virtue. Plutarch's Parallel Lives and Moralia influenced the writers and intellectuals of Byzantium, Western Europe and America.

Best known for his biographical writings about famous Greek and Roman figures, Plutarch ironically had no main biographer of his own. What is known of him is reconstructed from personal references in his written works.

Plutarch was born in approximately 46 A.D. to a prominent and wealthy Greek family in Chaeronea, a village about 20 miles east of Delphi. The names of his parents are not clear; some historians believe his father's name was Autobulus, while others say Nicarchus. From Plutarch's writings we know he had two brothers, Timon and Lamprais.

Plutarch was born into a prominent Greek family in the early days of the Roman Empire. He attained a liberal education and spent his early life as a civic leader and educator. He was best known for his biographies of leading figures in antiquity and his essays on ethics and virtue. Plutarch's Parallel Lives and Moralia influenced the writers and intellectuals of Byzantium, Western Europe and America.

Best known for his biographical writings about famous Greek and Roman figures, Plutarch ironically had no main biographer of his own. What is known of him is reconstructed from personal references in his written works.

Plutarch was born in approximately 46 A.D. to a prominent and wealthy Greek family in Chaeronea, a village about 20 miles east of Delphi. The names of his parents are not clear; some historians believe his father's name was Autobulus, while others say Nicarchus. From Plutarch's writings we know he had two brothers, Timon and Lamprais.

Plutarch’s writing combines the comfortable, gossipy moralizing of Livy with the precise rhetorical calibration of Tacitus, and the result sparks with human insight unmatched by any other writer of the ancient world except the Greek tragedians…

Thank you. Just remarks. For readers who want to understand this period, what I’ve found most helpful is Rubicon by Tom Holland, and the biography of Cicero by Elizabeth Rawson. Holland (and Rawson, for the more ambitious) will help you better tie the five stories together.

Parallel Lives | work by Plutarch | Britannica.com


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