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Plutarch (c. AD 46-AD 120) was born to a prominent family in the small Greek town of Chaeronea, about 20 miles east of Delphi in the region known as Boeotia. His best known work is Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek life and one Roman life as well as four unpaired single lives. Currently only 19 of the parallel lives end with comparisons while possibly all of them did at one time.

Plutarch was not concerned with history so much as the influence of character, good or bad, on the lives and destinies of men. Whereas sometimes he barely touched on epoch-making events, he devoted much space to charming anecdotes and incidental triviality, reasoning that this often revealed far more about his subjects than even their most famous accomplishments. In many ways he must be counted among the earliest moral philosophers.

This volume follows the translation of Arthur Hugh Clough and John Dryden. Please see the accompanying PDF file for duration and starting times of all biographies.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2015 Audio Connoisseur

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  • alex
  • 24-07-2016

Charlton Griffin is the best!

If you could sum up Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans in three words, what would they be?

A crazy amount of stuff happened before Jesus was even born y'all!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't play favorites.

What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

Can't recommend Charlton Griffin enough- check out all his work! He is a world-class storyteller, really knows when to slow things down or speed it up, using his voice like a finely-tuned instrument.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If you are physically capable of listening to this book in one sitting only, you might want to consult your doctor

Any additional comments?

Shout out again to Charlton Griffin- I'm slowly making my way through your audio connoisseur library and loving it... (as a lifelong sufferer of insomnia who "had to" drink heavily to put myself to sleep, listening to your voice has been a big part in me getting sober and adopting healthier nighttime habits; now I actually look forward to going to sleep, because of storytime with you). Anyhow, keep up the great work!

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  • SJ
  • 29-09-2016

Shakespearean!

Charlton Griffon is Shakespearean in his narration of "Plutarchs Lives." I literally look for books that he has narrated and buy the ones
in my topic area. It's powerful to listen to a man bring back to life words written two thousand years ago. I imagine i am on a porch in the ancient world having this read to me by my grandfather. Quite powerful.

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  • Tom Dolan
  • 06-02-2016

PERFECT NARRATOR FOR PLUTARCH'S LIVES

Where does Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

AT OR ABOVE FIRST PLACE. THIS ONE IS A KEEPER.

Who was your favorite character and why?

DEMOSTHENES. GENIUS FOR ORATORY. WHAT A LIFE! A GREAT MAN, BUT WITH CHARACTER FLAWS THAT MAKE HIM IMPERFECT, INTERESTING, HUMAN.

What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

CHARLTON GRIFFIN BRINGS PLUTARCH'S LIVES TO LIFE. EASY ON THE EARS AND ON THE MIND. I COULD LISTEN TO HIM READING PLUTARCH'S LIVES ALL DAY LONG. NOT TIRESOME AT ALL. PERFECT!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

SOME LIVES ARE LARGER THAN OTHERS.

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  • Ron Peters
  • 30-06-2017

A classic among classics

What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration of Charlton Griffon is good - well-paced and clearly enunciated - though he tends to average about one misread word per page; it's not very distracting.

Any additional comments?

Happily audible.com uses the same edition I own in hard copy - Modern Library, translated by John Dryden, revised by Arthur Hugh Clough. Or luckily, rather, since audible.com is bad about telling you which translation of a classical work you are buying.

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  • Mark
  • 10-05-2017

A treasure of history

A fantastic performance of a lengthy and rich series of amazing biographies. I look forward to revisiting many of my favourites in the future.

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  • amie cannon
  • 19-02-2017

"A bible for heroes" -Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the greatest pieces of literature I have read. Plutarch with attention to detail and appreciation for scope catalogues the lives of men we can all learn from.
His anecdotes are memorable gems, and are as relevant today as 2000 years ago. His wit is worth emulating. His contribution is priceless.
I recommend this book to any with even a passing interest in the qualities of virtue, courage, education, or reason. It provides templates off of which to judge our own actions and intentions, and often illuminates parts of ourselves we have not fully understood.

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  • John Pinkerton
  • 13-03-2018

For the Very Dedicated

This is an outstanding historical text with the quality of narration that one comes to appreciate from Charlton Griffin after listening to him. The presentation is great and the reading is as engaging as you're going to get from the fairly "dry" text.

I would warn that this book is extremely dense and can be difficult to keep up with without fairly extensive background knowledge. If you are interested in learning more about history and are fairly new to it, I highly recommend the Great Courses titles on the subject, and to come to this after experience with some of the figures and chronology. If you know what you're getting into, Plutarch is a tremendous source of information who presents excellent but a sometimes overwhelming amount of information. I loved this audio book and the chance to listen to the source material for quite a lot of what we know of many figures in the ancient world.

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  • Oskar
  • 09-10-2016

audio conneseur

great collection. fascinating read. many of my favorite historical persons and many new ones. audio conneseur indeed

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  • Narada
  • 15-01-2018

Plutarch is an amazing storyteller

The history is fascinating, the telling is gripping and Charlton Griffey’s narration is addictive (although I did not like it at first). It is shocking to see how little human nature has changed since those days.

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  • Greg and Sara Masarik
  • 27-01-2016

Narrator is simply too sing-songy

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend Plutarch - but not this narrator. I returned this book because of his style is just high and low, high and low. I had to return his Iliad for the same reason.

Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Griffin’s performances?

No, thank you.

Was Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans worth the listening time?

It would be with a different narrator.

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  • Andrew
  • 28-06-2016

must read for history buffs

charlton has some very weird pronunciations, but otherwise excellent. brings historical characters very much to life

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