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    • Moralia Volume 1

    • 26 Ethical Essays
    • By: Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    Though best known now for his collection of lively and vivid Parallel Lives from ancient Greece and Rome, Plutarch (c46 CD-120 CE) was, for centuries, more respected for his Moralia, a remarkable and wide-ranging collection of essays and speeches. No fewer than 78 in total, they range over a broad list of topics in which Plutarch observes, dispenses wisdom, admonishes, entertains and informs: covering social issues and politics, manners and religion - in short, life in general.  

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    • The Life of Sulla

    • By: Plutarch, Bernadotte Perrin
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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    The Roman statesman Sulla had the nickname “Felix” - meaning “lucky.” Yet his accomplishments were more a matter of brute force than good fortune. He put an end to a civil war, declared himself dictator, and used his power to bring Rome back to its former value system, purging thousands of Roman enemies along the way. Plutarch’s biography of Sulla shows how one man’s use of force to obtain political power influenced many who came after him, most notably Julius Caesar.   

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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 Coriolanus

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin - translator, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
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    One of the many documented lives in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives series, The Life of Coriolanus looks into the controversial life of one of Rome’s most famous generals. When the town of Corioli was under siege, Coriolanus gathered a group of men together to fight for freedom. Always loyal to his town, he advocated during the Roman grain shortage that any grain stocks be divvied out based on loyalty. Because of his harsh views, he was eventually exiled - but he never stopped fighting for what he believed to be right.   

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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 Antony

    • By: Plutarch, Bernadotte Perrin
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
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    Mark Antony’s personal life was almost as storied as his immensely successful political career. In Plutarch’s biography, the most striking sections revolve around Antony’s relationship with Cleopatra. Plutarch’s characterization inspired Shakespeare, whose play "Antony and Cleopatra" would not be the same without its influence. With such close ties to Shakespeare, it’s no wonder that the The Life of Antony holds great literary merit all its own.   

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    • The Life of Cleomenes

    • By: Bernadotte Perrin - translator, Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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    Though Sparta and Greece were once bitter rivals, this did not stop Plutarch from writing about Spartan figureheads in his book, Parallel Lives. Cleomenes was one of these Spartan figureheads - and was the King of Sparta for many years. From involvement in many wars to his effort to maintain the Spartan state, Cleomenes was still not free from drama. His life ended tragically at his own hands after one final Spartan defeat, but his legacy lived on through the works of Plutarch and others.   

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