Book Club: The Parallel Lives — Part 1

Posted on June 18, 2012 by

The next book club readings will be from Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, a collection of classical myths that center around famous characters from Greek and Roman history. Included are Alexander the Great, Cicero, Romulus, Pericles and Caesar, among others. In each reading, we’ll read one Greek life, one Roman life, and Plutarch’s comparison of the two.

We’re only going to do the most famous ones, as it’s quite a long book. I’m hoping that starting off with histories will make later classical readings a bit easier, as they often reference these characters in their text. Also, the language is a bit archaic, but the material isn’t particularly difficult, so it seems as good a place to start as any other.

For this week, we shall read: Theseus (1234–1204 BC, after Moses), Romulus (771 – 717 BC, Judah), and the comparison of the two.

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