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    • Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 1

    • By: Plutarch, John Dryden (translator)
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 42 hrs and 26 mins
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    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. Volume 1 compares Theseus and Romulus, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, and Aristides and Marcus Cato, among others.

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    • The Life of Alexander

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin - translator, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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    Alexander is arguably one of the most notable Greek figures, immortalized in stories and legends that are commonly used in mythology classes today. With the lingering feeling of discontent after the Persian invasion and the political unrest that surrounded him, his life made for an interesting topic in Plutarch’s works.  

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    • Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 2

    • By: Plutarch, John Dryden (translator)
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 41 hrs and 7 mins
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    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. 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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    • Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2 of 2

    • By: Plutarch, John Dryden (translator)
    • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
    • Length: 37 hrs and 25 mins
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    This epic chronicle by Plutarch (A.D. 46-120) continues with the lives of great Grecians and Romans. These biographies of the men who created the ancient world are brought to life in this new, high-quality recording. Legends such as Caesar, Alexander, Cicero, Demosthenes, and many others come alive as their politics, economy, and their individual stories play out in the time of the ancients. This translation is by John Dryden and is considered by scholars to be the quintessential translation.

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    • The Life of Cato the Younger

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin - translator, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
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     Cato the Younger was one of the many biographies documented by Plutarch in his series called Parallel Lives. Related to Cato the Elder, Cato the Younger was also a student of philosophy as well as a Roman Statesman. After his father died and he gained his inheritance, Cato the Younger began his life as philosopher, warrior, and political leader. His life ended, as so many Roman lives did back then, in tragedy. 

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    • The Life of Aratus

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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    The Life of Aratus is one of the many biographies detailed in Plutarch’s integral work, Parallel Lives. In The Life of Aratus, Plutarch details the dynamic work done by the successor of Nicocles and talks about his advocacy to turn Greece into a united country. Working as a soldier first and then a diplomat, he fought for the betterment of his fellow countrymen. Disaster hit during his later reign, as it so often did, and though many wanted him dead, the great Oracle at Delphi had other plans.   

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    • The Life of Nicias

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
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    When it came to Athens and their leaders, few were as influential as the politician and Stratego Nicias. In Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, he documents the Peloponnesian War and other great achievements of the time through the life of Nicias. Most importantly, he helped negotiate peace after a decades-long war, which made him popular after an unsuccessful start in politics. However, after many years of political truces and actions, his life took a turn for the worse.   

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    • The Life of Dion

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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    One of the more hotly contested lives documented in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, the Life of Dion investigates the intense politics of the tyrant of Syracuse. Starting out in politics, he initially was one of Dionysus’ most trusted advisors. But after Dionysus expressed that he no longer wanted to be a tyrant, which went against the advisement of Dion, his most trusted advisor was banished.  

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    • The Life of Camillus

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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    We all know the founder of Rome, but do we know much about the widely-proclaimed second founder of Rome? The monarchy, tyranny, and victorious battles of Marcus Furius Camillus, the second founder, are documented in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives. After the destruction of Veii, Camillus returned to Rome as a pompous victor and dictator, causing quite a stir when he refused to follow the wishes of the senate when it came to dealing with Veii. Sensing banishment was in his future, Camillus’s time in Rome was much less bloody than many of his predecessors.   

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    • The Life of Pompey

    • By: Plutarch, Bernadotte Perrin
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
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    The Romans hated Pompey’s greedy father, Strabo, with a vengeance. Yet when Pompey rose in prominence, Plutarch notes that he developed the opposite character, and the Romans loved him for it. Pompey had many great accomplishments in his military and political life, but his legacy lies in forming the First Triumvirate with Crassus and Caesar. When the alliance eventually dissolved, and Pompey fled from Caesar to his death, the Roman world would never be the same.  

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    • The Life of Numa

    • By: Plutarch, Bernadotte Perrin - translator
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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    Numa Pompilius was chosen by the senate to become Rome’s second king. Plutarch recounts the transition between Romulus’ mysterious death and the strategic emergence of Numa as the next king. He paints Numa as a sly, shrewd leader who sought approval from the gods in order to gain the acceptance of the people. Rome was not built in a day, and “The Life of Numa” represents just the second stage of this great empire.  

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    • The Life of Otho

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 39 mins
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    Plutarch picks some of the most interesting Greek politicians and notable figures to write about in his Parallel Lives series, and Otho does not disappoint. From his beginning as an underling of famous emperor Nero, he loses his wife to him and is sent away to govern a town. After Nero, Otho begins to plot his overtaking of the throne. But when he finally gets it - and manages to lose over 40,000 men in battle - his ending is a little less noble.   

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    • The Life of Demosthenes

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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    In contrast to some of the other, bloodier names listed in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, Demosthenes was a great orator and politician. The Life of Demosthenes starts out uniquely, detailing Demosthenes’ commitment to his study - one so fierce that he built an underground study room and shaved half his head so he wouldn’t go outside. All this was to take his guardians to court for not allowing him to take gymnastics, but his education went on to help him in the end. Going on to write speeches for the greatest politicians, Demosthenes made his mark on Ancient Greece through his craft.   

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    • The Life of Cimon

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin - translator, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 55 mins
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    The Life of Cimon is just one of many notable biographies in Plutarch’s informative Parallel Lives series. Cimon, an Athenian Statesman, was the son of the general who won Greece’s battle of Marathon. Battling and defeating the Persian Empire on water, Cimon was crucial in the construction of the Athenian Maritime Empire. However, like so many others in the series, Cimon was eventually ostracized from the empire when his political views took a radical turn.   

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    • The Life of Aristides

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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    Not many of the people featured in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives series are honored with nicknames, but to his fellow Athenians, Aristides was known as “The Just”. A Grecian statesman, The Life of Aristides details the political rise of the man from the well-to-do family. From his career as Stratego, to his many statesman positions, his life ended in a mystery that is seemingly unbefitting the tale that Plutarch wove for him. Where or how he died, none know - but to Plutarch, his death mattered little next to his life.   

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    • The Life of Marius

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
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    Gaius Marius was pivotal to many of the ways in which we know Rome today. His impact on Rome is noted in Plutarch’s The Life of Marius, from his time served as General to his time served as Statesman. His blessed life began as a child with a legend - that he found a clutch of eagles containing seven chicks, and therefore Jupiter was assuring his seven elections to senate. Though, all the war and political unrest that ensued his six elections followed him only 17 days into his seventh election - when he died of Pleurisy.   

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    • The Life of Caesar

    • By: Plutarch, Bernadotte Perrin - translator
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr
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    Julius Caesar peaked as one of the most powerful generals in Roman history. In “The Life of Caesar", Plutarch attempts to capture the greatness of this man on paper. With stirring prose, he documents Caesar’s military might and rousing spirit. The biography ends with the details of Caesar’s assassination, but Plutarch assures us that the murderers eventually paid for the deed.   

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    • The Life of Caius Gracchus

    • By: Plutarch, Bernadotte Perrin - translator
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 39 mins
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    Caius Gracchus was barely a man when his older brother, Tiberius, was assassinated for his reforms on behalf of the poor. After this, Caius tried to live a quiet life away from the public eye, perhaps afraid of meeting the same fate. Yet in Plutarch’s biography of Caius, he recounts that Tiberius appeared to his brother in a dream, telling him that they were both destined to fight and die for the working class. Caius eventually answered the call, served in the tribune for two years, and was likewise assassinated for his reforms. 

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    • The Life of Tiberius Gracchus

    • By: Plutarch, Bernadotte Perrin - translator
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 47 mins
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    In this biography, Plutarch states that Tiberius Gracchus was known more for his virtue than for his achievements. Tiberius’ virtue, and thus his legacy, lies in his actions as a reformer. Himself a plebeian leader, he sought to aid the poor by giving them some of the land belonging to wealthy landowners. These reforms shook the Roman world and led to his assassination, making Tiberius a martyr for working-class people and the politicians who fight for their rights.    

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    • The Life of Lysander

    • By: Plutarch, Bernadotte Perrin - translator
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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    In this entry of Parallel Lives, Plutarch tells the true story of Lysander, the great Spartan leader. Lysander led a fleet of Spartan ships to victory against the Athenians in the battle at Aegospotami. History also credits him with forcing the Greeks to surrender at the end of the Peloponnesian War.  

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