A Modern Plutarch

Comparisons of the Greatest Western Thinkers

Author: Robert Lloyd George

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9780715651292

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Page: 352

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A fascinating character analysis of some of the most recognisable historical figures, pitching lives and minds against each other, from Churchill vs Lincoln to Darwin vs Watson.
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A Modern Plutarch: Comparisons of the Most Influential Modern Statesmen

Author: Robert Lloyd George

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1468314114

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Vignettes of the most influential figures in British and American history, placed next to one another to reveal new likenesses and contrasts in character. One of the most significant and enduring texts to have survived from Ancient Greece is Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, written by Plutarch in the first century AD. In the work, the man known as the “Father of Biography” paired off the most notable and influential figures of the classical world, placing their lives and legacies next to each other, allowing the comparisons and juxtapositions to reveal new truths about these famous men. He compared Demosthenes with Cicero, Alexander the Great with Julius Caesar; the result was an intellectual masterpiece still referred to by historians today. In A Modern Plutarch, Robert Lloyd George applies this model of biography to the most influential statesmen and stateswomen of American and British history. Lloyd George compares figures such as Edmund Burke, a prophet of modern conservatism, and Thomas Paine, a champion for the common man. He juxtaposes Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln, two of the greatest wartime leaders of the past 200 years, and Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, the first divisive, the latter popular. In doing so, he draws parallels between their lives and philosophies, while revealing the traits that made them unique. The essential primer on leadership and an inspiring account of exceptional lives, A Modern Plutarch breathes new life into historical biography and offers remarkable insight into some of the greatest minds of the modern era.
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Alcibiades (Routledge Revivals)

Author: Walter M. Ellis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131774683X

Category: History

Page: 142

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In Alcibiades, first published in 1989, one of the most colourful and controversial figures of fifth-century Athens is presented in a sympathetic light. The author sets out to demonstrate how, in his manipulation of the Spartan representatives in 420 BC, in his successful formation of an Athenian-Argive alliance, and in his plan for the conquest of Syracuse, Alcibiades developed a style of leadership that was characterised by audacity, ingenuity and skilful diplomacy. Further, his outstanding generalship during the Hellespontine War prompts speculation on how the Sicilian expedition might have ended had he also been in command. In many respects the story of Alcibiades is the history of Athens in the twilight of its power; Alcibiades succeeds in constructing a continuous narrative of his political career without duplicating more conventional accounts, always focussing on his involvement in the course of the Peloponnesian War and his troubled relationship with his Athenian compatriots.
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A Companion to Plutarch

Author: Mark Beck

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118316371

Category: History

Page: 648

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A Companion to Plutarch offers a broad survey of the famoushistorian and biographer; a coherent, comprehensive, and elegantpresentation of Plutarch’s thought and influence Constitutes the first survey of its kind, a unified andaccessible guide that offers a comprehensive discussion of allmajor aspects of Plutarch’s oeuvre Provides essential background information on Plutarch’sworld, including his own circle of influential friends (Greek andRoman), his travels, his political activity, and his relations withTrajan and other emperors Offers contextualizing background, the literary and culturaldetails that shed light on some of the fundamental aspects ofPlutarch’s thought Surveys the ideologically crucial reception of the GreekClassical Period in Plutarch’s writings Follows the currents of recent serious scholarship, discussingperennial interests, and delving into topics and works not formerlygiven serious attention
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The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe

Author: Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen,Olav Hammer,David Warburton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317544536

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

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"The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe" surveys the major religious currents of Europe before Christianity - the first continental religion with hegemonic ambition - wiped out most local religions. The evidence - whether archaeological or written - is notoriously difficult to interpret, and the variety of religions documented by the sources and the range of languages used are bewildering. The "Handbook" brings together leading authorities on pre-Christian religious history to provide a state-of-the-art survey. The first section of the book covers the Prehistoric period, from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age. The second section covers the period since writing systems began. Ranging across the Mediterranean and Northern, Celtic and Slavic Europe, the essays assess the archaeological and textual evidence. Dispersed archaeological remains and biased outside sources constitute our main sources of information, so the complex task of interpreting these traces is explained for each case. The "Handbook" also aims to highlight the plurality of religion in ancient Europe: the many ways in which it is expressed, notably in discourse, action, organization, and material culture; how it is produced and maintained by different people with different interests; how communities always connect with or disassociate from adjunct communities and how their beliefs and rituals are shaped by these relationships. The "Handbook" will be invaluable to anyone interested in ancient History and also to scholars and students of Religion, Anthropology, Archaeology, and Classical Studies.
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Marx's Discourse with Hegel

Author: N. Levine

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230360424

Category: Philosophy

Page: 360

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The end of Stalinist Russia, China's change under Deng Xiaoping and the publication of previously unexplored documents of Marx in the MEGA2 opened a new epoch in the analysis of Marx. Marx's Discourse With Hegel is both a product and contribution to this rebirth of Marxism by its reformulation of the relationship between Hegel and Marx
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The Athenæum

A Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music, and the Drama

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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Pagan Holiday

On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists

Author: Tony Perrottet

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780307558909

Category: Travel

Page: 416

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The ancient Romans were responsible for many remarkable achievements—Roman numerals, straight roads—but one of their lesser-known contributions was the creation of the tourist industry. The first people in history to enjoy safe and easy travel, Romans embarked on the original Grand Tour, journeying from the lost city of Troy to the Acropolis, from the Colossus at Rhodes to Egypt, for the obligatory Nile cruise to the very edge of the empire. And, as Tony Perrottet discovers, the popularity of this route has only increased with time. Intrigued by the possibility of re-creating the tour, Perrottet, accompanied by his pregnant girlfriend, sets off to discover life as an ancient Roman. The result is this lively blend of fascinating historical anecdotes and hilarious personal encounters, interspersed with irreverent and often eerily prescient quotes from the ancients—a vivid portrait of the Roman Empire in all its complexity and wonder. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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